University of British Columbia

Assistant Professor of Architectural Design


The School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (SALA) at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver campus, invites applications for a tenure-track appointment in architectural design at the rank of Assistant Professor anticipated to begin 1 July 2023. This position will contribute expertise and intellectual leadership to architectural design studio teaching, research, scholarship, or creative practice and service within the School, the University and to the academic and professional community. While a successful applicant may teach across SALA’s graduate and undergraduate programs, principal teaching responsibilities will be in the Master of Architecture program. SALA seeks faculty with teaching and research expertise in architectural design, with possible supporting areas of focus including design theory and methods; design media and representation; digital fabrication; materials, material ecologies and assemblies; design and climate change. In addition to design studios, teaching assignments may include assignments in required and elective courses in design methods, design and environment, design visualization and representation, and other courses related to a candidate’s research, scholarship, and creative agenda.

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Research and Teaching Leadership

The successful candidate will pursue a productive independent research, scholarship, and creative work agenda that advances architectural knowledge through design. Preference will be given to a candidate with professional experience in architectural design and/or the potential for recognized research that may include built work, theoretical explorations, advocacy, creative work, and/or scholarship in the form of publications, exhibitions, and grants. Candidates should demonstrate ability to integrate their research interests, creative work, or professional practice into their teaching, develop an innovative, preferably integrated, teaching and service portfolio that advances their research, scholarship and creative practice agenda, and informs design challenges of relevance to the school and to the region.


Candidates will hold a terminal degree in Architecture or comparable combination of relevant education and experience, including distinguished professional accomplishment. All applicants should have a record of research excellence and a commitment to the highest standards of teaching. Strong candidates will bring a track record of, or demonstrated potential for, innovative approaches to design research, scholarship and teaching, including those that advocate for equity, diversity, and inclusion in the discipline, productively connect academic programs with related academic and international communities, and leverage lived experience. Preference will be given to those candidates able to demonstrate interest and ability to engage with, and contribute to, the design and interdisciplinary culture of SALA.

Equity and diversity

SALA seeks to cultivate a diversity of people, ideas experiences and approaches to design in our School. Applications from members of historically underrepresented groups, and candidates with experience teaching and working with diverse communities and students are particularly encouraged. Successful candidates will have built productive relationships across cultural differences and demonstrated capacity for equitable, diverse and inclusive approaches to teaching and research for all students, staff and faculty.

With this position, SALA seeks to address a significant gap between the race, ancestry, colour, and place of origin represented among our tenure track faculty, and that of our region. Recruitment for this position has been approved as a Special Program by the British Columbia Office of the Human Rights Commissioner, for individuals who self-identify as possessing protected personal characteristics in the category of “race, colour, ancestry, and place of origin.” We actively encourage applications from members of groups with historical and/or current barriers to equity, including, but not limited to:

  • First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples, and all other indigenous peoples.
  • members of groups that commonly experience discrimination due to race, ancestry, colour, religion and/or spiritual beliefs, or place of origin.


We welcome applications from qualified candidates. To be considered, the following information constitute a full application package:

  • cover letter (1 page max)
  • curriculum vitae
  • a research and scholarship statement (up to 1,000 words) that describes how one’s research, scholarship, and/or creative practice addresses urgent challenges relevant to SALA’s academic programs and priorities.
  • a selection of research / creative and / or teaching work
  • A brief statement (up to 350 words) of how one’s research, scholarship and / or creative work or teaching could contribute to an equitable, diverse and inclusive academic environment.
  • up to three brief course proposals or examples of previously taught course syllabi
  • contact information for three references


For further information about the School and the search process contact:

Daljeet Meet, SALA Human Resources Specialist