Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Assistant or Associate Professor Position in Architectural Lighting Design


The School of Architecture at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY seeks a candidate with expertise in Architectural Lighting Design at the Assistant Professor level (on tenure-track) or Associate Professor level (with tenure) who will teach Lighting courses as part of the Graduate Lighting, Bachelor of Architecture, and Master of Architecture degree programs. Rensselaer is considered one of the premier technological universities in the United States today and includes schools of Architecture, Engineering, Science, Management, and Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences.

Rensselaer is renowned for its contemporary, interdisciplinary, and forward-looking academic and graduate research programs in architecture, including the Architectural Acoustics program, the Center for Architecture, Science, and Ecology (CASE), and the Lighting Research Center (LRC). The School of Architecture is committed to new forms of innovation and discovery as we prepare our graduates for future leadership in the profession. Given this broad context, the successful candidate will be expected to take advantage of Rensselaer’s extensive interdisciplinary resources.

Qualifications & Evaluation Criteria: The successful candidate will be accomplished in the general area of architectural lighting design, whether that is defined by design work in the areas of professional practice or application and /or laboratory experimental research areas such as digital computation, environmental technology, building and construction systems, or product development.

Important criteria that will be used throughout the evaluation process include:

  • A track record of teaching experience at university undergraduate and graduate levels is desirable.
  • A strong track record of lighting and lighting product design work and/or research as demonstrated by, but not limited to, the following: experimental projects supported by grants or other sources of research funding, client-based projects supported by private or public commissions, public distribution, and recognition of research and/or design work in the form of publications, exhibitions, conferences, lectures, etc.
  • An ability and vision to develop the Lighting Research Center and lighting education program at Rensselaer.

To be considered as Assistant Professor, candidates must have completed either a B.Arch or M.Arch degree in Architecture. Candidates with B.Arch degrees must have completed a Master’s degree in Architectural Lighting or an allied field. Candidates must be engaged in pursuing a record of design, scholarly research, and/or publications in nationally recognized books, journals, and conferences that demonstrate a contribution to the teaching or practice of architectural lighting. To be considered as an Associate Professor with tenure, candidates must possess an established national or international reputation and track record in the area of architectural lighting, and have a portfolio of related design, scholarly research, and/or publications in nationally recognized books, journals, and conferences. All candidates must demonstrate promise of success as an educator.

 Duties and Responsibilities: Duties and responsibilities of the successful candidate include teaching lighting at the graduate and undergraduate levels in addition to continued development of the candidate’s body of work, i.e. research, design work, and scholarship, as required by the tenure-track promotion and tenure process at Rensselaer. The successful candidate will contribute substantially to the intellectual content of the undergraduate and graduate curriculum and will sustain a substantial research, proposal development, and scholarly enterprise to the innovative practice of architectural lighting.

 Application Instructions Applicants must complete an online application, including contact information for three (3) references and must submit the material listed below at the following link:

  • A general statement of interest (500 words max.).
  • A teaching statement that includes a description of the courses the applicant has taught and/or is qualified to teach.
  • A research and/or practice statement that provides an overview of the applicant’s research and/or practice and how that research and/or practice aligns with the interests of the school (550 words max).
  • A curriculum vitae
  • A PDF portfolio (maximum 10 pages and 20Mb file size, formatted at 8.5”x11”)
  • A diversity statement comprised of a paragraph about how the applicant views diversity and the importance of diversity in the university environment.

 Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit no later than January 23, 2023.

Questions may be directed to Lori A. Gregware-Greenough, Executive Assistant to the Dean, School of Architecture:; (518) 276-6460

 We welcome candidates who bring diverse intellectual, geographic, gender, and ethnic perspectives to Rensselaer’s work and campus communities. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity, Race/Gender/Veterans/Disability Employer