Kent State University

Architectural Design / Technology Assistant Professor

 Faculty Tenure Track- 9 Month

College of Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED)

[Job# 998034]

Kent Campus – Kent, OH


Opportunity: The College of Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED) at Kent State University seeks candidates for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor with a focus on digital technology that includes a commitment to architectural design through digital methods and computational techniques as a focus of research and teaching. The range of research and expertise may include architectural geometry and computationally-driven generative processes, advanced digital representation and visualization, innovative computational tools, machine learning in architecture, simulation, innovative uses of GIS and spatial analysis, augmented and artificial intelligence, big data and data-driven design, and other areas of expertise including the development of smart building components, sensors, and electronic devices.

Candidates will be expected to engage in innovative teaching and pursue an active research agenda that includes grant supported research. In addition to teaching design studio, the successful candidate will offer undergraduate/graduate coursework and conduct research in their area of expertise.

Minimum requirements: The successful candidate must hold at minimum, an accredited Master of Architecture (M.Arch) degree or its foreign degree equivalent, or a professional Bachelor’s of Architecture and a Master degree in a related field. Candidates must have three years of experience in design studio instruction and/or professional experience as a computational designer. Candidates must also be able to present evidence of scholarly and/or creative activity in the field of computational technology (in one or more of the areas of research expertise listed above), and evidence of participation in—or commitment to—cross-disciplinary endeavors.

Kent State’s vision is to be a community of change agents whose collective commitment to learning sparks epic thinking, meaningful voice and invaluable outcomes to better our society. The CAED is dedicated to advancing national excellence in all areas relating to the design and construction of the built environment and to educating a generation prepared to lead in a rapidly changing world.

The CAED offers undergraduate programs in Architecture, Interior Design, Architectural Studies, and Construction Management which are complemented by graduate degree programs in Architecture, Urban Design, Landscape Architecture, and Healthcare Design as well as a research-based Master of Science degree. Cross-disciplinary research opportunities at the college and university level include establishing strategic relationships with regional industries, design professionals, and civic partners. Resources include new state of the art robotic and digital fabrication labs, unique and growing international study opportunities, a progressive extra-curricular lecture and exhibition series, and campus partnerships with other units including the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Aeronautics and Engineering, and the highly regarded School of Art, The Fashion School, School of Visual Communication Design, and the Advanced Materials and Liquid Crystal Institute.

The CAED is a leading participant in the University’s commitment to Design Innovation. Its 33 full-time faculty and administrators and over 1100 undergraduate and graduate students now occupy three locations: the award-winning Weiss Manfredi designed John Elliot Center for Architecture and Environmental Design in Kent; the Cleveland Studios which includes the Urban Design Collaborative in Playhouse Square, Cleveland; and the Palazzo Vettori in the historic center of Florence, Italy.

Located in the Cleveland/Akron metro area, with easy travel to New York City, Boston, and Chicago, Kent State University is one of 76 ranked public higher-research universities by the Carnegie Foundation. The campus is situated in the heart of a burgeoning cultural and industrial region that is home to some of the world’s finest art museums, parks, universities, restaurants, theaters, music venues, and independent cinemas. These include recent buildings and landscapes designed by Coop Himmelb(l)au, Foster and Partners, James Corner, Frank Gehry, Farshid Moussavi, Laurie Olin, Stanley Saitowitz and Rafael Viñoly.

Facilities available for research, collaboration, and teaching include a lighting laboratory, materials library, and fabrication laboratory (FabLAB) that includes wood, metal, CNC milling and plasma cutting, vacuum forming, multiple robotic arms, 3-D printing, laser cutting, environmental and material testing, and a full construction laboratory.

Please see the following websites for more information on Kent State University and the College of Architecture and Environmental Design .

Application Process: The position is a nine-month appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor. Salary is competitive and negotiable. The anticipated starting date is August 2020.

Review of candidates will begin January 15, 2020. Full consideration will be given to candidates who have submitted by January 31, 2020.

Applicants are required to complete an online application on the Kent State University job site: by position #998034) and complete the online academic data form. Applicants should also include:

  • A letter of interest, with candidate profile
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Name, email address, and phone number of at least three references
  • Portfolio of creative work, research, scholarship, peer-reviewed publications, and representative examples of teaching (student work and syllabi) (All documents must be submitted in PDF format).

Any questions may be sent to: Associate Dean William Willoughby, Chair, Architectural Design/Technology Search Committee,, Kent State University, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, 132 S. Lincoln St., Kent, OH 44242.

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