The Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) School of Architecture (SoA) is looking for individuals with a strong background, or emerging potential, in creative architectural accomplishment that elevates the discipline through research work, scholarly work, artistic work, and/or professional practice.
The School welcomes emerging practitioners, scholars and studio educators to develop a body of work while teaching in a dynamic school of architecture. During the nine months of your appointment, you will teach two design studios or project courses and a research-by-design seminar related to your pedagogical agenda. You will present your work in a public forum (e.g. lecture, symposium, and/or exhibition). In addition to your full-time salary, you will receive support through research assistance and/or discretionary funding. While we welcome all applications; preference will be given to those whose work relates to one or more of the School's strengths in sustainable design; computational design and fabrication; building performance and diagnostics; architecture, engineering and construction management; and architectural history and theory.
Applicants need not specify the visiting professorship in which they are interested. The search committee will make the assignment.
Ann Kalla Professorship in Architecture
For 2020-21, we are looking to fill the Ann Kalla Professorship in Architecture. The Ann Kalla Professorship in Architecture was established by Phylis Kalla in memory of her daughter Ann. Pittsburgh native Ann Kalla graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a bachelor's degree in Economics in 1976 and went on to earn a Master's in Architecture from Columbia University in 1980, along with an AIA Medal for distinguished design work. After graduation, Ann worked for the New York City firm of James Stewart Polshek & Partners and a friendship with Pietro Cicognani, a Columbia classmate, turned into a lifelong business and design collaboration. They organized Cicognani Kalla Architects, P.C. Over 120 projects were designed in the course of the partnership, including the Heinz Architectural Center at the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh.
Joseph F. Thomas Visiting Professorship
For 2020-21, we are looking to fill the Joseph F. Thomas Visiting Professorship. Joseph Thomas was born in Oak Hill, WV on 23 March 1915 and graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Carnegie Institute of Technology (Carnegie-Mellon University) in 1938. He and Don Neptune created the firm, Neptune & Thomas Associates, Architects & Engineers, in 1953. They both worked there until retiring in 1978 earning over 30 design awards. Joe's institutional works in Southern California were often landmarks, including many universities and schools, hospitals, churches, banks, and other public buildings. His professional and community service work was extensive, including Founding Member/Pasadena Chapter AIA; Pasadena Planning Commission; California Advisory Board/Architecture & Construction; Advisory Committee/Cal Poly Pomona School of Environmental Design; and Chairman/Pasadena Mayor's Council for Downtown Development. On a national level, Joe served many years on several committees and served as Treasurer of the American Institute of Architecture. Among the recognitions he received were The Pasadena Arts Council Golden Circle Award for Visual Arts, and, fittingly, the Pasadena-Foothill annual Joseph F. Thomas Founders Award. He was awarded a Fellowship in the American Institute of Architecture in 1970.
If your creative work is breaking new ground, you will find an encouraging, stimulating environment within our dynamic community. Our school is a team of dedicated educators, designers, researchers, practitioners, and interdisciplinary collaborators. Full time faculty members teach studios and/or coursework appropriate to their specialization(s) across the School's many programs, including the B. Arch, M. Arch, post-professional Master's (both MS and studio-based) and the doctoral programs.
Our student body is approximately 400 undergraduate and graduate students, and is situated within the College of Fine Arts, alongside the Schools of Art, Design, Drama and Music. Our university is classified as an "R1: Doctoral University – Highest Research Activity" institution. As such, a wide range of transdisciplinary educational and research opportunities can be created at the school, college and/or university levels.
Our school philosophy is to provide deep immersion in the discipline of architecture, intensified by a university culture of interdisciplinary innovation and creative inquiry. Our undergraduate and graduate degree programs prepare students to be excellent, discipline-defining design-thinkers in diverse global contexts. We believe that architectural excellence demands both rigorous training in fundamentals and the development of unique expertise - whether the sciences, the humanities, engineering, or computation. Though each of our students graduate with intensive architecture knowledge, no two graduates leave with the same education.
Our programs take advantage of:
Our position within one of the world's leading research and entrepreneurship institutions at the interdisciplinary intersection of technology, the arts, and the humanities;
Specialized facilities and centers like the Robert L. Preger Intelligent Workplace, dFAB Lab, Code Lab, Remaking Cities Institute, and the IDeATe Physical Computing Lab;
The context of our dynamic, post-industrial city of Pittsburgh as a laboratory for inquiry and action.
More information on the School of Architecture can be found on the SoA website.
This position requires a first professional degree in architecture.
To apply, access and complete the online application by submitting the following materials:
A letter of interest that indicates your specific areas of expertise;
A statement of teaching philosophy
A full curriculum vitae;
A small portfolio (≤25 MB)
A discussion of the specific courses that you are prepared to teach (visiting professors typically teach two studios/project courses and one seminar);
Contact information for three references, including name, position, email address, phone number and your professional relationship with them;
For those with prior academic experience, examples of work by your students.
Applications are due Monday, 13 January 2020. Interviews with shortlisted applicants will be scheduled for early February through mid-March. The job offer will be extended in early April and the appointment completed by April 2020, with employment expected to begin in August 2020.
Carnegie Mellon University shall abide by the requirements of 41 CFR §§ 60-1.4(a), 60-300.5(a) and 60-741.5(a). These regulations prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities, and prohibit discrimination against all individuals based on their race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. Moreover, these regulations require that covered prime contractors and subcontractors take affirmative action to employ and advance in employment individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, protected veteran status or disability.
Internal Number: 71187
About Carnegie Mellon University
Carnegie Mellon (www.cmu.edu) is a private, internationally ranked research university with programs in areas ranging from science, technology and business, to public policy, the humanities and the arts. More than 12,000 students in the university’s seven schools and colleges benefit from a small student-to-faculty ratio and an education characterized by its focus on creating and implementing solutions for real problems, interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation. A global university, Carnegie Mellon’s main campus in the United States is in Pittsburgh, Pa. It has campuses in California’s Silicon Valley and Qatar, and programs in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and Mexico.