Professor, Associate Professor or Assistant Professor of Urban Design

Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
28 Sep 2016
End of advertisement period
26 Oct 2016
Academic Discipline
Arts & Humanities, Architecture
Contract Type
Full Time

School Harvard Graduate School of Design

Department/Area Urban Planning and Design

Position Description

A faculty position for a distinguished scholar and/or practitioner (at the full professor level), or a candidate with superior attainment or strong promise (at the associate or assistant professor levels) is available in the Department of Urban Planning and Design at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design (GSD). We are particularly interested in candidates who are committed to innovative thinking about topics that relate to contemporary urbanization and the city, and who are willing to engage in constructive dialogue not just with urban planners but also with colleagues in all disciplines at the GSD, as well as across the university.
The successful candidate will be expected to engage in conceptualizing and developing cross-disciplinary research and academic initiatives that bear on the possibilities for reshaping contemporary urban environments, as produced from both within and outside a studio setting. In addition to the standard expectation that candidates will show demonstrated excellence in the application of design skills to the built environment, we seek applicants with a capacity to promote and reflect upon some of the most pressing socio-spatial challenges of our times (climate change and the environmental impacts of urbanization, transformations in the nature of work, increasing economic and social inequality, global and local patterns of displacement, etc.). In addition, we seek individuals willing to push the methodological boundaries of the discipline through such applications as digital design platforms, parametric design, emerging smart technologies, use of narratives or other unorthodox modes of representation, and so on. Finally, we will prioritize candidates whose epistemic repertoire includes a sensitivity to history, to the peculiarities of place, and to the social implications of design practice, as well as those who show a willingness to use their design research to explore new connections with the fields of engineering and the humanities or social sciences.

Basic Qualifications

Candidates should have significant experience in integrating studio or classroom teaching with applied research, and hold an advanced degree in urban design, architecture, landscape architecture, and/or other fields concerned with cities and urbanization. While all candidates with significant scholarly or professional achievement in a broad range of fields related to cities and urbanization will be considered, a background of commitment to the design of exemplary physical environments should be demonstrated through research and/or practice, and peer review.

Special Instructions

This appointment is expected to be a full-time position at the level of professor, associate professor, or assistant professor. We will also consider applications for part-time positions at all ranks (assistant, associate, or professor in practice). Part-time positions are normally half-time and require the maintenance of an active outside practice or research activities.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis starting on October 1, 2016.
To apply, candidates should upload a one page letter of intent, a current and thorough c.v. of academic and professional activities, a list of 6-8 references, and a maximum of 4 one-sided 8.5” x 11” pages of selected design work (if collaborations, then applicant’s role should be clearly stated project by project).

Contact Information

Edna Van Saun
48 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA o2138

Contact Email evansaun@gsd.harvard.edu

Equal Opportunity Employer

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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