Florida Atlantic University

Assistant Professor of Structural Design (Tenure Track)

The School of Architecture in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters at Florida Atlantic University invites qualified applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor of Structural Design starting in the Fall of 2023.

The successful candidate will primarily teach one design studio and one required architectural structures course each semester during the 9-month academic year. Candidates with a demonstrated track record of scholarly excellence, including externally funded research, creative activities, publications, and/or excellence in design, combined with expertise in teaching structures are encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will also serve as Coordinator for the Structures curriculum. This individual is expected to participate in service activities at the School, College and University levels.

Summary of Responsibilities


Position responsibilities include teaching required architectural structures courses and design studios at the undergraduate or graduate levels including the B.Arch., M.S., and Ph.D. programs. The School of Architecture is particularly interested in candidates with a record of teaching integrative design studios and architectural structures courses, with a strong interest in developing new elective courses relative to the candidate’s area of research. In general, the ideal candidate will not only teach students how to size architectural elements but will also teach students to think-with-structures as a generative design tool (structurally derived design). The successful candidate will be encouraged to embed design thinking and emerging technologies into their structures courses (advanced computational methods as a means of analyzing structural performance, materials optimization logic, and environmental sustainability). Therefore, preferred candidates are expected to possess advanced skills in using computational methods to analyze and evaluate structural design within generative design protocols. This includes for example introducing reciprocal diagrams of graphic statics as a design tool, integrating physics engines and simulations, introducing students to computational analysis workflows such as Grasshopper-Kangaroo-Karamba, and coupling structural performance analysis with generative parametric modeling. Additionally, candidates with research interests in the area of material innovations or advanced fabrication methods as they relate to architectural structures are strongly encouraged to apply.


The position offers a potential for interdisciplinary collaboration with faculty from the school’s areas of focus — technology, environment, and community — and with colleagues from across the Florida Atlantic University campus. The ideal candidate is encouraged to collaborate and complement the school’s existing areas of research, including foldable structures, environmental design, natural materials, artificial intelligence, advanced fabrication, computational design, design-build, informal settlements, social welfare, design ethics, coastal resilience, community engagement, and affordable housing. The candidate is expected to pursue significant research grants and industry sponsored research collaborations with students’ participation, integrating design and structures. Additionally, the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters at Florida Atlantic University has a new interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in Comparative Studies with a concentration in Design, Aesthetics, and the Arts (DAA). The successful candidate will have opportunities to advise Ph.D. students and create a new research lab within the School of Architecture.


The candidate is expected to engage in the school service, as well as the college and the university level service activities, and such responsibilities will be determined annually with the school director. Service to academic and professional organizations will remain at the discretion of the candidate.

About the FAU School of Architecture

Florida Atlantic University seeks scholars who are committed to supporting the learning needs of students from diverse backgrounds and to engaging communities underrepresented in higher education. Florida Atlantic University is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all who interact in our community. In building this environment, we strive to attract students, faculty and staff from a variety of cultures, backgrounds and life experiences. Florida Atlantic University embodies a culture of strategic and collaborative community engagement that results in mutual benefit to the institution and the diverse internal and external communities that it serves. The School of Architecture offers a NAAB accredited five-year Bachelor of Architecture degree. The school participates in the University mission to promote academic and personal development, discovery, and lifelong learning through excellence and innovation in teaching, outstanding research and creative activities, public engagement, and distinctive scientific and cultural alliances, all within an environment that fosters inclusiveness. The School of Architecture fosters integrative and innovative design in preparation for architectural practice. Students develop critical thinking skills and knowledge through exposure to historical and theoretical foundations, emerging technologies, interdisciplinary research, community engagement, and ethical responsibilities of design. This position is a collaborative opportunity with our faculty to shape the pedagogical foundations and growth of our program. The School of Architecture is committed to building a culturally diverse educational environment. We are seeking faculty who can contribute to the diversity and excellence in our programs and courses through their research, teaching and service. Further information about the School can be found at: https://www.fau.edu/artsandletters/architecture/

Minimum Qualifications

Candidates are expected to foster and create educational opportunities
where all student populations thrive, and must have one of the following at the time of application:

  • a professional Master of Architecture (M.Arch) degree; or
  • a combination of a professional B.Arch and one of the following:
    • a post-professional Master of Architecture; or
    • a post-professional Master of Science degree in Architecture; or
    • a post-professional Master of Arts degree in Architecture; or
    • a post-professional Master’s degree in Architecture, Architectural Design or related specialization.
  • a Master’s Degree in Architectural Engineering or related specialization

Experience in teaching, research, design, and/or professional practice is desired. Professional licensure and/or Ph.D. is preferred.


Commensurate with Experience

College or Department

School of Architecture, Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and letters


Fort Lauderdale

Work Days and Hours


Application Deadline


Special Instructions to Applicant

This position is open until filled and may close without prior notice.

This position is subject to funding.

Required Documents
FAU’s Career Page permits the attachment of required/requested documentation.


A maximum of five (5) documents may be attached to your application.  If more than five (5) documents are required for submission, please combine additional documents into one attachment to not exceed the maximum permitted.

When completing the online application, please upload all required documentation noted here:

(1)Cover letter including statement of teaching philosophy;

(2) Curriculum Vitae;

(3) Portfolio of Research/Creative Activity/ Professional work and sample student work.

The selected candidate for this position is required to submit an official transcript sent directly from the institution for the Provost’s credential file prior to the first day of employment. Similarly, for degrees from outside the United States, the evaluation by an organization belonging to the National Association of Credential Evaluation (NACES), with an indication of the documents the evaluation was prepared from (official transcripts, diplomas, dissertation abstracts) is required for the Provost’s credential file prior to the first day of employment.

Background Screening:
Successful completion of a pre-employment background check is required for the candidate selected for this position.

Individuals requiring accommodation, please call 561-297-3057. 711

To apply:
Candidates must apply online at https://www.fau.edu/jobs/