University of Maryland, College Park

Assistant Professor-Architectural Design Studio


The School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at the University of Maryland announces a search for one faculty position at the level of assistant professor in the Architecture Program. The individual selected for this position will provide innovative instruction and impactful scholarship, as well as creative and/or professional work in support of the pre-professional and accredited professional degree programs in architecture. We seek individuals with focused intellectual approaches to architecture and urbanism grounded in communities, buildings, cities, landscapes, and building practices, integrating knowledge from diverse fields and disciplines to solve the pressing problems of today and tomorrow. We promote social justice, cultural diversity, resource conservation, and economic opportunity through excellence in architectural design, urban planning, historic preservation, and real estate development.

The selected candidate is expected to advance and innovate high-impact teaching, creative work, service, and research in the fields of the built environment; contribute to the School’s interdisciplinary education initiatives; create diverse and inclusive discourse and action that addresses society’s urgent challenges; and promote the school’s excellence in recruiting top students and faculty. The school\’s 2019 strategic plan can be found at:

Candidates will teach architectural design studios at a variety of levels as well as other courses in the curriculum. Additional responsibilities include student mentoring and service at the school and program levels. The candidate should be prepared to demonstrate promise and/or accomplishments in architectural, urban, and/or interior design. Evidence of achievement should include a portfolio of built work, un-built projects and/or speculative designs, as well as peer-reviewed projects, books, and/or publications in academic and trade journals. We embrace the concept that innovative thinkers and designers seek to understand practical and theoretical subject matter in ways that go beyond the traditional disciplinary frameworks. In addition to ability and achievement in the design studio, we seek colleagues who have demonstrated scholarly, creative, and/or professional promise and accomplishments in one or more of the following areas:

Building Systems IntegrationThe ability to integrate building technologies into design studios and professional degree coursework with particular emphasis on building structures; methods and materials of construction; bioclimatic, net-zero, and resilient design; and low-carbon materials.

Design and Climate Change: The ability to engage salient issues of architecture and urbanism such as urban design, patterns of settlement, equity, and resilience as they are impacted by climate disruption.

Social Justice: The ability to engage issues of equity, affordable housing, community-based design processes, and diversity through architectural and urban strategies. An interest or track record of mentorship of students and young professionals from historically underrepresented groups.

Design & Media: The ability to offer critical and innovative insight into design processes, design thinking, and evolving design media.

Candidates shall minimally possess a terminal degree in architecture.  Professional registration and/or a PhD in architecture or a closely related field will be given preference. Emerging architects are welcome to apply, but they should be prepared to articulate a definitive path toward licensure.  Candidates will demonstrate an emerging national reputation in research, scholarship, creative and/or professional activities in one or more of the areas listed above.  In addition, the ability to pursue external funding, build industry or community-based partnerships, and conduct interdisciplinary projects is also valued.  Candidates should be prepared to offer specific insight into how their research, scholarly, creative, and/or professional activities contribute to the School and the Architecture Program’s vision and mission.

The University enjoys proximity to the wealth of built and natural resources in the Washington-Baltimore-Chesapeake Bay region.  Just seven miles from the heart of the nation’s capital, the University of Maryland is the flagship campus of the state’s higher education system and a top-ranked public research institution with 38,000 students, 9,000 faculty and staff, and 352,000 alumni. Established in 1967, the School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation—Maryland’s Built Environment School—offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in architecture, as well as graduate programs in community planning, historic preservation, and real estate development, more than fifteen dual-degree masters programs, and an interdisciplinary PhD program in urban and regional planning and design. The School is also home to two research institutes active in the community: the National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education and the Environmental Finance Center.

The Architecture Program has a national reputation for design excellence in building craft, urban design, and sustainability as evidenced by the pioneering, award-winning integrated design studio and advanced technology course sequence; numerous honors in the arena of urban design including the ULI-Hines competitions; several wins in the United States Department of Energy Solar Decathlon; as well as in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Affordable Housing competition. Design excellence at Maryland is grounded in design and technical integration occupying a central place in the curriculum and intellectual life of the Program.

The University of Maryland, College Park, actively subscribes to a policy of equal employment opportunity and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant because of race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, ancestry or national origin, marital status, genetic information, political affiliation, and gender identity or expression. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.

The School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation is a diverse and collaborative academic unit comprised of students, staff, and faculty members from all walks of life and all corners of the globe. Our students come from a diversity of academic backgrounds and bring a diversity of thought and experience to our school community.  We are proud that we are a nurturing environment where individuals can safely share their insights into the many dimensions of the built environment without fear of reprisal or marginalization.  Please see the School’s Antiracism Action Plan at:

The University of Maryland has made the safety of our students, faculty, staff, and our surrounding communities a top priority. As part of that commitment, the University System of Maryland (USM) recently announced that students, faculty, and staff on USM campuses this fall, including UMD, are required to be vaccinated against COVID. As a prospective and/or a new employee at UMD, you will be required to comply with the University’s vaccination protocol. Proof of full vaccination will be required before the start of employment in order to work at any University of Maryland location. Prospective or new employees may seek a medical or religious exemption to the vaccination requirement at and must have an approved exemption prior to the start of their employment. Failure to provide proof of vaccination or to obtain approval for a medical or religious exemption will result in the offer of employment being rescinded.

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