Pennsylvania State University

Assistant Professor of Architecture





Two Faculty Positions in Architecture with Concentrations in Building Materials and Technologies

The Department of Architecture in the Stuckeman School in the College of Arts & Architecture at The Pennsylvania State University is seeking applications  for two tenure-line positions at the rank of Assistant Professor with an anticipated start date of Fall 2022. The Department is defined by teaching excellence in graduate and undergraduate programs, the delivery of National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) accredited curricula and strong record of faculty research and creative practice in four research clusters.

The Department is housed in the Stuckeman School, a thriving inter-disciplinary research environment for collaborative partners. Two centers for research engaging faculty and graduate students—the Hamer Center for Community Design and Stuckeman Center for Design Computing—provide a wide range of research opportunities. Stuckeman endowments provide research seed funding; some faculty members have been co-appointed to university research institutes and have been successful in receiving competitive awards and external research

The College of Arts & Architecture is working to establish a culture of anti-racism and anti-oppression that embraces individual identities, fosters a culture of inclusion, and promotes equity through curricula, values, standards, ideals, policies and practices. The ideal candidate will provide evidence of their experience with, and interest in, contributing to these goals.

Position Summary:

The Department is seeking individuals whose research is focused on architectural materials, construction methods and processes. While the Department houses four research clusters, we intend to strengthen particularly the “Material Matters” research cluster. Since most research projects are collaborative and interdisciplinary, successful applicants may additionally contribute to our other research clusters:


Material Matters:

Culture, Society, Space:

Design Computing:



Material Matters: The Material Matters (MM) research cluster provides students with opportunities to delve into the interaction of materials and processes. With research ranging from material properties exploration to applied process-based design, this cluster encompasses a wide range of creative interests that find common ground in the power of material—as generator and substance of design.  Research in the MM cluster is supported by faculty members whose work focuses on craft traditions, industrial production, tooling and skills transmission, bricolage and the material imagination, material memory, design-build, and the reuse and restoration of buildings. Student and faculty engagement with Penn State’s considerable materials/making resources in Architecture, Fine Arts, and Engineering is a hallmark of this cluster. MM—as a community of scholars, architects, and designers who fabricate, build, un-build, and innovate—stimulates new knowledge through shared experience in an environment of creative innovation, hands-on exploration, and critical making.

Required Qualifications:

A terminal degree in architecture is required. (M. Arch; D. Arch; Ph.D.) Candidates with professional experience, architectural licensure, and a doctoral degree are especially encouraged to apply.

Evidence of equitable considerations, awareness, and practice with regard to curricula development, inclusive practices in educating diverse student bodies or working with a diverse faculty and staff, along with evidence of working collectively to cultivate a culture that supports success and enables all members of a college community to thrive.

Candidates must demonstrate teaching excellence and describe their ability to make substantial contributions to architectural research by presenting a history of scholarship or creative practice through publications, exhibitions, built works or awards

About the College of Arts & Architecture:

The College of Arts and Architecture at Penn State is a comprehensive arts and architecture community including academic programs in architecture, landscape architecture, music, theatre, visual arts, graphic design, and art history, with a center for the performing arts, and a university art museum, which collectively serve as important cultural resources that provide educational engagement programs for Penn State and area communities. The college is committed to artistic and scholarly creativity, research, community engagement, and the preparation of specialized practitioners in all of the arts and design disciplines, along with community engagement in its programs. In addition, the college is home to a number of research centers, institutes and initiatives, which foster a vibrant culture of inquiry that promotes excellence within the arts and design disciplines, while at the same time leveraging the potential of a comprehensive research university. There are approximately 1,450 graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in the college. The college is housed in sixteen buildings on the University Park campus. It includes performance spaces, gallery/exhibition spaces, a lighting and design lab, computer labs, special subject libraries, specialized studios and a stage lighting archive.

About Penn State:

Penn State ( is a comprehensive, multi-campus research University serving all regions of the Commonwealth, as well as the nation and the world in instruction, research, and service roles that require responsiveness to and support from society\’s public and private sectors. As a land-grant University, Penn State has responsibility for providing a wide array of programs in the professional and technical disciplines, as well as a balanced offering of undergraduate and graduate programs in the arts and sciences. Penn State shares with other major research universities the traditional responsibilities to discover, develop, preserve, and disseminate knowledge.

The University Park campus is set in the State College metropolitan area, a university town located in Centre County in central Pennsylvania. State College has a population of approximately 42,000 residents and is within a half-day\’s drive to Washington D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York City, and Pittsburgh. The University Park Airport is served by three major carriers with non-stop flights to Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Chicago, and Detroit.

About the Stuckeman School: Additional information about the Stuckeman School may be found at the following URL:

About the Department:

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Application Procedures:

Review of applications will begin on November 30, 2021, and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants should electronically submit their applications via Penn State’s Careers page:(Assistant Professor of Architecture), including a letter of interest that positions the applicant in the arena of architectural materials, construction methods and processes and outlines the area of expertise, curriculum vitae, an abbreviated portfolio (not to exceed 20 pages) that includes selected samples of teaching, creative accomplishments, research, or professional practice projects (a more thorough and complete portfolio may be requested of selected finalists), Address in your cover letter how equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging relate to your academic, research, creative activity, and/or service experience. In addition, provide the names, email addresses, and telephone numbers of three or more references who may be contacted at a later date. Questions pertaining to this search can be directed to the search committee chair, Professor Ute Poerschke (

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