University of New Mexico

Assistant Professor-Sustainability


The Department of Architecture at the University of New Mexico, School of Architecture + Planning is currently accepting applications for a full-time, tenure-track position to teach Sustainable Design at the rank of Assistant Professor.  The position is located in Albuquerque, NM and is a 9-month faculty appointment (mid-August to mid-May each academic year) and will commence in August of 2023.

The School of Architecture + Planning:

The US Department of Education’s College Scorecard ranks UNM Architecture #3 for affordability in the U.S. among universities that have architecture bachelors and / or masters degree programs.  The Department of Architecture is housed in the award-winning George Pearl Hall, designed by architect Antoine Predock.  In addition to the spacious, naturally-lit design studio spaces, the building has the latest design and fabrication tools, including various methods of digital fabrication and other modes of making.  The Department of Architecture is one of three departments in the School of Architecture and Planning, the other two being Landscape Architecture and Community and Regional Planning.  The Department of Architecture offers a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, a professionally accredited Master of Architecture degree, as well as a non-professional Master of Science in Architecture degree.

The University of New Mexico:

UNM is New Mexico’s flagship research institution, is the largest university in the state and is categorized as a Research 1 / RU/VH Research University (very high research activity) in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.  A diverse university with a wide variety of cultures and ethnicities represented among the faculty, staff and students, it is also a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) as defined by the Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities.  The University of New Mexico focuses on making university education accessible: the First Year Promise covers base tuition and fees for full-time enrollment for qualified first-time freshmen who have graduated from a New Mexico high school and have an annual family income of $50,000- roughly the state’s median family income.

The Position:

The Department of Architecture welcomes an expertise in sustainable design as well as new perspectives and lenses that bring social and environmental issues in sustainability to the forefront.  The successful candidate will have the experience and knowledge to promote and expand discourse relative to sustainability and design in architecture and the built environment.   They will teach required sustainability lecture and seminar courses and related design studios or workshops to pre-professional undergraduate and professional and post-professional graduate architecture students.   The candidate will also serve on department and school committees and participate in other activities such as curriculum development.   The successful candidate will demonstrate a track record of excellence in an architectural research or a research-based architectural practice.  Areas of expertise within sustainability may include knowledge of sustainable materials and methods of construction, resilience against impacts of climate change, indigenous knowledge systems, innovative methods of energy use, historic preservation and other methodologies of considering the sustained use, existence, and inhabitation of architecture.

Required Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated teaching experience as instructor of record in the area of sustainability for a minimum of (4) semesters.
  • A demonstrated track record of scholarly work or peer-reviewed activity.
  • A terminal degree in architecture, engineering or related field.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Exemplary teaching experience in the field of sustainability
  • Innovative research and / or design as demonstrated through projects, workshops, conferences, and other design and/or research outcomes
  • Demonstrated ability to teach undergraduate or graduate design studios
  • A demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and student success, as well as working with broadly diverse communities.

Application Requirements:

  • A one to two page Letter of Interest that summarizes your creative activities, research interests or agenda, teaching experience, leadership experience, and service interests
  • A Curriculum Vitae
  • Three Academic and / or Professional References including names, affiliations, contact information, and relationship to the applicant.
  • A 20 page, 25 MB Portfolio of research and/or creative practice, including examples of student work if available.
  • A one to two page Diversity Statement describing experience and an approach to diversity and inclusion within teaching, scholarship or practice.
  • A speculative or previously taught Studio Syllabus and Studio Course Description
  • An optional one page Personal COVID Impact Statement that describes any challenges your teaching and/or research might have experienced during the pandemic.

To submit an application, please visit website: and reference Posting Number 22438.  For best consideration, please submit before January 2nd, 2023.  The position will remain open until filled.  Please direct any questions to the search committee chair, Alexander Webb at

The University of New Mexico is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class.