University of Utah

Tenure Track Assistant Professor: Architecture/Cultural Landscape/Spatial Justice


The School of Architecture (SoA) within the University of Utah\’s College of Architecture + Planning invites applications for a tenure track Assistant Professor position in architectural design (studio-focused). This position will be a full-time, nine-month appointment (1.0 FTE) to begin on July 1, 2023.

The SoA offers an accredited Master of Architecture (M.Arch) program, as well as a  Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies (BSAS) and a Master of Science in Architectural Studies (MSAS). In the last several years, a new integrated curriculum has been developed with a sequence of immersive design studios with integrated courses (technology, research, theory, design communication, etc.), building up from bachelor to master to a capstone experience of a student-driven individual design project prepared and supported by architectural research.

We are committed to teaching the practices of creative critical thinking, community engagement, design excellence, ecological resilience, global citizenship, leadership/collaboration, risk taking/exploration, and social equity.

Our work is interdisciplinary and integrated. We are known as champions of place-based engagement (including our signature DesignBuildUTAH program), social justice, and environmental stewardship. We have taken on the role of convener of critical conversations, hosting national conferences, fostering community dialogues, publishing the critical journal Dialectic, and serving as a test bed for ideas on the university campus. We are risk takers and innovators, and we do so driven by our ethic of care, which underlies all we do in our teaching, scholarship and service. For more information, please visit

Position Description

The successful candidate is expected to demonstrate a background in architectural design and research at the intersection of cultural landscape and spatial justice. This may entail enriched understanding of site/place as raised by the drivers of globalization, urbanization, climate change, and/or digitalization to attain architectural design excellence. Candidates are expected to teach studio and hold lecture classes and seminars in their area of expertise at both graduate and undergraduate levels. Knowledge and a critical understanding of cultural landscapes is essential. There will be a high level of integration with studio and other core courses, and the ability to take a leadership role in this area of the curriculum is critical for this position.

Candidates will be required to show commitment in promoting justice, equity, diversity, inclusion, and anti-racism within the school, the college, the institution, and the design professions. Additionally, candidates will take up responsibility for committee and service assignments. Candidates should possess a quality of mind displaying high levels of intelligence, clarity of communication, analytical competence, critical judgment, originality, and initiative. Candidates should be individuals who value, advocate, and encourage free analysis and representation by others and constructive, mutually respectful relationships with faculty, staff, and students.

Candidates will be required to conduct quality research and produce scholarly work within an R1 university setting. Based on the research expectations for this position, candidates will have a successful research trajectory and may hold a PhD degree.

Minimum qualifications:

  • An accredited degree in architecture with an advanced degree in architecture or urban design.
  • Previous academic teaching and/or professional experience (with examples).
  • Demonstration of research and/or creative

Preferred qualifications:

  • A PhD or doctoral degree in architecture (with focus on urbanization, globalization, spatial justice, cultural landscape, digitalization, data science or use of big data in architectural design/urban design, or similar area).
  • Integration of architectural research with design projects.
  • Awards for teaching and/or

Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States for any employer. Review of applications will begin on March 15, 2023 and remain open until filled.


Qualified applicants must submit:

  1. A letter of intent including qualifications and areas of expertise/teaching The statement should also include the candidate’s approach to diversity and inclusion that includes past experiences and activities, and future plans to advance diversity and inclusion within architectural education and profession.
  2. Curriculum
  3. Teaching philosophy (one page).
  4. A scholarly/design portfolio including architectural design work, cultural landscapes (i.e., urban studies, urban design, globalization, spatial justice, digitalization, methodologies, etc.) and examples of student work (8MB max or a link to a digital portfolio).
  5. Names and contact information of three references (with phone, mail and email addresses). References will not be contacted prior to receiving the candidate\’s consent to contact.

All materials should be uploaded via

Candidates may be asked to provide additional information during the search process.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen and immunizations.

Please address questions about the search for this position to the Search Committee Chair, Associate Professor Timothy Adekunle:

Questions pertaining specifically to the program may be directed to Chair and Professor Ajla Aksamija:

EEO/Diversity Information

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, national origin, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, status as a person with a disability, genetic information, or Protected Veteran status. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans\’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities. To inquire about the University\’s nondiscrimination or affirmative action policies or to request disability accommodation, please contact: Director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Circle, Rm 135, (801) 581-8365.

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds, and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (\”URS\”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS\’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.