California Polytechnic State University

Assistant Professor in Architecture, Design +


The Architecture Department in the College of Architecture & Environmental Design (CAED) at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, invites applications for tenure-track positions at the rank of Assistant Professor for the academic year beginning September 14, 2023. We seek applicants for multiple Design Plus positions through which faculty will engage in design studio teaching alongside one of the following areas of scholarly specialization: Architectural Systems; Representation; and History, Theory, and Criticism.

Design + Architectural Systems:

We invite applications from faculty with teaching experience and scholarship in the creative integration of architectural systems. In addition to a successful record of design studio teaching, candidates should demonstrate substantial architectural practice experience or research interests in structural integration, building envelope design, performance simulation, advanced material technologies, construction methods or fabrication, site analysis and design, or additional topics related to the sustainable integration of architecture systems. Candidates should address the interrelationships of social-equity, climate, and the built environment in their teaching, scholarship, critical practice or service. Teaching responsibilities will include large lecture courses in Architectural Systems Integration and related hands-on activity coursework, in addition to design studios within the undergraduate curriculum.

Design + History, Theory, and Criticism:

We invite applications from faculty with experience and scholarship in architectural history, theory, and criticism. Candidates should demonstrate a record of teaching, scholarship, critical practice, or service related to the intersection of design with issues of social and environmental justice, community engagement, race, gender, ethnicity, diversity, equity or inclusivity. Teaching responsibilities will include design studios, large lecture and seminar courses in architectural history, and seminars that overlap with the candidate’s specific expertise areas.

Design + Representation:

We invite applications from faculty with teaching experience and scholarship in design fundamentals with a focus on the theory or practice of representation; including drawing, image-making, modeling, and fabrication. In addition to a successful record of teaching design fundamentals, including design studio and representation courses, candidates should demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively to develop curricula and to promote inclusive learning environments for diverse groups of undergraduate students. Teaching responsibilities will include foundation design studios, large lecture courses engaging in contemporary and historical issues in representation, and seminars that overlap with the candidate’s specific research interests.

At California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, we believe that cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity is fundamental to the success of our students, our employees and our community. Bringing people together from different backgrounds, experiences and value systems fosters the innovative and creative thinking that exemplifies Cal Poly’s values of free inquiry, cultural and intellectual diversity, mutual respect, civic engagement, and social and environmental responsibility. Cal Poly\’s commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring and retention. California Polytechnic State University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

Review of applications will begin January 17, 2023 and will continue until the positions are filled.  Salary and teaching assignments will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Full on-line applications is available here.


Cal Poly is a teaching-centered university that is committed to the “teacher-scholar model” in which teaching and scholarship are valued as mutually beneficial practices—offering vibrant learning experiences for students through meaningful engagement in faculty scholarly activity and advancing faculty scholarship through its inclusion within their teaching. Given this emphasis, candidates should include descriptions of teaching in their written statements and portfolio. Through this search, we intend to increase curricular coverage of areas related to diversity and enhance inclusive teaching strategies within our program. Candidates should provide a narrative, and where possible evidence, of their approaches to inclusive teaching practices and addressing diversity in their teaching, research, and/or professional practice.

Additional requirements include:

  • Professional degree in architecture
  • Master’s degree in architecture (or allied discipline) or D. Arch.
  • Architectural license or Ph.D. (see note below)
  • Professional experience in architecture
  • Relevant college-level teaching experience
  • A body of work corresponding to the advertised position

Appointments may be offered to candidates eligible for licensure or nearing completion of the doctorate (ABD); however, promotion and tenure are contingent on an architecture license or Ph.D.


Additional consideration will be given to candidates with specialization in a scholarly area that addresses diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion issues relevant to architecture and/or demonstrated significant experience in working with underrepresented students in research, teaching, service, advising, mentoring or community engagement.


The Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Architecture Department has a strong reputation for providing a rigorous education, focused on 21st century issues. The polytechnic tradition of the five-year Bachelor of Architecture program emphasizes application, reflection, collaboration, and project-based learning, succinctly described as “learn by doing.” We encourage creative inquiry, making, and theoretical speculation, supported by extensive analog and digital fabrication facilities in the Support Shop, as well as the book and materials library, the Neel Resource Center. The CAED also maintains a nine-acre outdoor experimental construction laboratory, Poly Canyon, and an indoor fabrication and construction facility, the Simpson Strong-Tie Materials Demonstration Lab. For further information about the department, college, and university, please visit our web sites:,and


To be considered for a position, interested candidates must complete the entirety of the online application and upload the following materials:

  1. One-page cover letter describing your interest in the position, qualifications, and relevant experience.
  2. Statement of teaching, including pedagogical approaches and potential courses to be offered.
  3. Statement of scholarship, including past achievements and future directions.
  4. Statement on diversity, equity, and inclusion describing past accomplishments and sharing ideas for future contributions related to your areas of teaching, research, and/or service.
  5. Curriculum vitae.
  6. Sample of scholarly writing (e.g., dissertation chapter, book chapter, and/or articles; 20MB max)
  7. Digital portfolio of teaching and professional work (50 pages maximum, 30Mb file size limit). Cal Poly values teaching excellence and this portfolio is a critical application component. Sections documenting teaching should include syllabi and should explain how the student work demonstrates the candidate’s pedagogical approaches.
  8. Please provide three professional references with names and email addresses when completing the online application. Three letters of recommendation will be required of finalists and solicited directly by Cal Poly.
  9. Prior to appointment, we will require official transcripts confirming degrees and a background check.