University of Hawai‘i at Manoa

 Assistant Professor (Tenure-Track) in Architecture – Advanced Studio Design


The School of Architecture at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa (UH Manoa) invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position, at the Assistant Professor level, to begin in Fall 2024. Position duties include teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels; research, professional practice, and/or creative work; and service. The School seeks a faculty member in architecture, who can teach and conduct research/professional practice in the following fields:

(1) Teach studio courses in which students propose innovative architectural/urban designs for moderately complex buildings and sites. Draw upon professional practice experience with design development and construction document phases.

(2) Ensure the compliance of the proposed design solutions with building and planning codes.

(3) Teach studio courses in which students integrate building systems in architectural design development drawings, construction documents, and construction cost estimates.  Systems include structure, building envelope, plumbing, active/passive HVAC, electrical with an emphasis on sustainable, high-performance, resilient design. Knowledge of those fields must cover both cutting edge practices and those which are prevalent in current building industry.

(4) Lead the Practicum program by establishing and maintaining relationships with professional firms and placing students in those firms.

About the University of Hawai‘i School of Architecture
The School of Architecture offers a pre-professional Bachelor of Environmental Design (BEnvD) degree, a professional Master of Landscape Architecture degree (MLA), a professional Master of Architecture (MArch), and a NAAB-accredited professional Doctor of Architecture (DArch) degree. The School is recognized for its social and environmental design research in Asia-Pacific, Hawai’i, and tropical environments, which provide instructive models for complex global problems. The school and university embrace a collaborative, integrated approach to improving built environments to advance its strong commitment to design excellence, sustainability, and applied research.

Hawai’i, with its rich natural and cultural history and manifold environmental and social challenges, provides a unique place of learning and opportunity for cutting-edge architectural research, teaching, and practice. The school is situated at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa, the flagship campus of the 10- campus University system which is designated a Carnegie Rl (“Doctoral Universities – Highest Research Activity”) university. Ample opportunities exist for robust interdisciplinary research collaboration with faculty from Engineering, Natural Sciences, Urban Planning, and other disciplines.

Duties and Responsibilities
This full-time, 9-month tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor includes responsibilities for teaching, research, creative work, thesis advising and service. The School of Architecture seeks candidates who can help advance and strengthen the curriculum and focus of the BEnvD, MLA, MArch, and DArch programs. Within the required specialization in architecture, desired expertise includes but is not limited to design research, professional and critical practice of architecture in the urban context, and design for healthy, livable, and resilient built environments. The school seeks candidates who will complement the skills of the faculty at the School of Architecture and provide research and teaching integrating advanced application of building materials, systems, and technologies.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Candidates must have a minimum of a professional degree in architecture (BArch, MArch, DArch). If candidate holds a BArch, a master’s degree in architecture or related field is required.
  • A professional license to practice architecture.
  • Five years minimum documented record of professional practice involved in all stages of design and construction administration.
  • The ability to maintain a vigorous program of research, professional practice, and/or creative work.
  • The ability to demonstrate teaching excellence.

Desired Qualifications:

The school especially welcomes candidates with:

  • Additional professional, post-professional, or PhD degree(s)
  • Ability to establish strong collaborative connections to professional architecture firms nationally and globally for the Practicum program.
  • A body of recognized built work and/or peer reviewed scholarship in areas relevant to architecture, building systems, and urban design
  • Advanced experience in sustainable, comprehensive building design.
  • Experience in professional practice at the level of studio leader, partner, or owner,
  • Experience and aptitude for administrative academic service.
  • Experience developing undergraduate and graduate capstone studios, advanced graduate courses, and other integrated curricula that connects practice to education.
  • Applicants with a record of teaching indigenous students and/or interested in indigenous perspectives in design are particularly encouraged to apply.

Salary range: Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.

To Apply:

Search for Architecture and click on the Assistant Professor Job Title for Job Number 2023-01970

Click on the “Apply” button on the top right corner of the screen to complete an application and attach all the required documents listed below:

  • Letter summarizing experience and impacts in teaching, research or creative work, and service (maximum two pages).
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Portfolio including relevant teaching, professional, research, and/or creative work (maximum twenty pages)
  • Three professional references: names and contact information
  • Official graduate transcript (unofficial copies accepted, however, official transcript will be required upon hire).

Review of applications will begin on December 18, 2023, and will continue until the position is filled.

Questions should be directed to Lance Walters at