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Full-Time, Tenure Track Position(s) at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor

Post Date:

April 6, 2017


Laurentian University, McEwen School of Architecture


Greater Sudbury, Ontario


The McEwen School of Architecture at Laurentian University invites applications for full-time, tenure track position(s) at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor in 1) Landscape Urbanism; or 2) Design of Building Envelopes to begin for August 2017:

Design of Building Envelopes: involves the design and performance of buildings, with particular emphasis on Building Materials and Assemblies. The design of Building Envelopes will involve mentoring students in the detailed investigation of the environmental conditions and challenges associated with building systems
in northern contexts. Innovative technologies are integrated with this approach.

 Landscape Urbanism: involves the process of integrating architecture and landscape design at a variety of scales and complexities. It acknowledges the ‘indeterminancy’ of the design process in relation to all aspects of the natural and built environments, intersecting with other fields including ecology, urban design, landscape architecture and seven-generational thinking. Such complexity is embraced as part of urbanism and landscape architecture as they apply to community design.

Laurentian University serves 9,400 students on its main campus in Sudbury, Ontario, and is one of two bilingual universities in the province.  Laurentian has been in a phase of steady growth, realizing more than $150M in capital investments over the past five years.  These include the construction of the McEwen School of Architecture, the award-winning Vale Living with Lakes Centre, a new student residence, the modernization of classrooms and labs, completion of an Executive Learning Centre, an Indigenous Sharing and Learning Centre and a University Club.  The University is also planning for a new $30 million Research, Innovation and Engineering Building to be completed by 2018.

Laurentian’s beautiful forested campus is surrounded by sparkling fresh-water lakes, conservation lands and hundreds of kilometres of cross-country trails.  Your commute can be life-changing: you might cycle, ski, snowshoe or kayak to work, and you can take a lunch break at Laurentian’s private beach.  An Olympic-size swimming pool, rock-climbing wall and fully-equipped fitness centre are among the campus amenities enjoyed by students, staff and faculty at Laurentian.

The university is situated in the geographic centre of Greater Sudbury, northern Ontario’s major population centre (population 160,000). It is a friendly, diverse and multicultural city with a vibrant arts scene, the home of numerous festivals in all seasons, live music, theatre and literary events.  Laurentian 

Laurentian University has close and productive ties to Science North, the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNOLAB), Health Sciences North and two post-secondary partners, College Boréal and Cambrian College.

About the Position

The McEwen School of Architecture offers a four-year pre-professional Bachelor of Architectural Studies (BAS) degree, followed by a two-year professional Master of Architecture degree. Situated in the Canadian north, the School focuses on design with wood, design-build, and community design projects. Our integrated co-operative program enables students to obtain practical experience through work-term placements in industry and in design or architecture offices. Francophone, First Nations, Métis, and Inuit student experience is central to the unique tri-cultural mandate of the program. The architecture program is delivered in English, with French language options for design studios, elective courses, and co-operative placements. Through Elders-in-residence, Indigenous faculty members, and French design studio instruction, students are exposed to a unique array of methods, knowledge and direct experience that informs community-design and design-build exercises.

The McEwen School of Architecture seeks innovative individuals with established records of design research and publication to provide leadership for local, national, and international collaborative research. Individuals should be passionate and ready to teach in the classroom, the design studio, and in the field with local community groups and partnerships. The successful candidate will teach in both the undergraduate and graduate architecture programs, conduct research in his/her area of architectural expertise, and participate in the administration of the School and the University. All faculty members are expected to teach design in addition to developing expertise in a particular stream of the curriculum: Design, Culture, Technology, or Professional Practice. Priority will be given to candidates who can teach and perform in both French and English.

Essential Qualifications

All candidates must have a professional degree in architecture or a related discipline (as outlined in the areas of specialization above). Academic post-graduate specialized degrees, including a doctorate, are preferred. Practicing architects should demonstrate that they are registered interns or licensed members of a professional association, along with a proven design record. Architects with expertise in related design fields (building science, landscape architecture, indigenous studies, etc.) are also encouraged to apply. Candidates should demonstrate research ability (scholarly publication record) and/or design ability (built work, competition & design awards) plus teaching competency in the areas as advertised. 

Application Requirements

Applications should include the following items: 

  • Complete and updated curriculum vitae;

  • Letter of intent, clearly indicating which position and area(s) of expertise;

  • Summary of previous teaching or practice experience;

  • Summary of research interests (including future research at Laurentian); 

  • Portfolio of design and/or teaching samples (including hard copy and/or digital and/or publications); 

  • Names and full contact information for three referees (reference letters will be requested later in the process).

Applications should be sent as PDF files to Review of applications will begin on May 1st, but applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.

Inquiries regarding the architecture program or further information about the position(s) should be directed to:
Dr. Terrance Galvin, Founding Director, Laurentian University McEwen School of Architecture,

University Policy

Laurentian University is an equal opportunity employer and is strongly committed to employment equity and diversity within its community. Laurentian University especially welcomes and encourages applications from members of visible minorities, women, Aboriginal persons, members of sexual minorities and persons with disabilities.  Applicants may self-identify as a member of an employment equity group.  All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.  However, Canadians and permanent residents will be considered first for this position. The University has a policy of passive bilingualism (English/French) as a condition of tenure. Information can be found at LU faculty members are part of the Laurentian University Faculty Association (LUFA). Candidates are advised to read the Collective Agreement at

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