Assistant professor of architecture in sustainability

University of New Mexico
Location: Albuquerque, USA
Added on: 31 Dec 2023, Job offer expires on: 30 May 2024

The Department of Architecture at the University of New Mexico is offering a full-time, tenure-track position to teach sustainable design at the rank of assistant professor.

The position is a nine-month faculty appointment (mid-August to mid-May each academic year) beginning in August of 2024 located in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA.

The position

The Department of Architecture welcomes candidates with expertise in sustainable design and new perspectives and lenses that bring social and environmental issues in sustainability to the forefront. The successful candidate will have the experience and knowledge to promote and expand the discourse on sustainability and design in architecture and the built environment. They will teach a required sustainability lecture course and related design studios and seminars to pre-professional undergraduate and professional and post-professional graduate architecture students. The candidate will also serve on department and school committees and participate in other activities, such as curriculum development. The successful candidate will demonstrate a track record of excellence in architectural research or a research-based architectural practice. Areas of expertise within sustainability may include knowledge of sustainable materials and methods of construction, resilience against impacts of climate change, indigenous knowledge systems, innovative methods of energy use, historic preservation and other methodologies considering the sustained use, existence and inhabitation of the built environment. Our school thrives when our faculty broadens our perspectives and brings new conversations to our community.

Required qualifications:

  • a terminal degree in architecture, engineering or related field
  • demonstrated teaching experience as instructor of record in the area of sustainability for a minimum of two semesters
  • demonstrated ability to teach undergraduate or graduate design studios
  • demonstrated track record of scholarly work or peer-reviewed activity

Preferred qualifications:

  • exemplary teaching experience in the field of sustainability
  • innovative research and/or design as demonstrated through projects, workshops, conferences and other design and/or research outcomes
  • demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and student success as well as working with broadly diverse communities

The School of Architecture and Planning

UNM Architecture teaches and inspires architects to respond critically to the urgencies of the present and the promises of a more sustainable and equitable future. The department supports the work of our award-winning faculty, students and scholars to investigate the architectural systems and social forces that define sustainable built environments at the highest levels of academia and practice. UNM Architecture strives to be a model of radically accessible and affordable public architectural education. The US Department of Education’s College Scorecard has ranked UNM Architecture top three for affordability in the US among universities that have architecture bachelors and/or masters degree programs. The Department of Architecture is housed in the award-winning George Pearl Hall, designed by architect Antoine Predock, along with the Departments of Landscape Architecture and Community and Regional Planning. The spacious facilities have the latest design and fabrication tools, including various methods of digital fabrication and other modes of making. The Department of Architecture offers a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, a NAAB-accredited Master of Architecture, and non-professional Master of Science in Architecture degrees.

The University of New Mexico

UNM is New Mexico’s flagship research institution, is the largest university in the state and is categorised as a Research 1/RU/VH Research University (very high research activity) in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. A diverse university with a wide variety of cultures and ethnicities represented among the faculty, staff and students, it is also a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) as defined by the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities. The University of New Mexico focuses on making university education accessible: the first year promise covers base tuition and fees for full-time enrolment for qualified first-time freshmen who have graduated from a New Mexico high school and have an annual family income of $50,000 roughly the state’s median family income.

Application requirements:

  • a one-to-two-page letter of interest that summarises your creative activities, research interests or agenda, teaching experience, leadership experience and service interests
  • a curriculum vitae
  • three academic and/or professional references including names, affiliations, contact information and relationship to the applicant
  • a 20-page, 25 MB max portfolio of research and/or creative practice
  • 10-page, 15 MB max portfolio of student work examples
  • a one-to-two-page diversity statement describing experience and an approach to diversity and inclusion within teaching, scholarship or practice
  • a speculative or previously taught studio syllabus or other course description

To submit an application, please visit our website below and reference posting number REQ27633.  For best consideration, please submit before 8 January 2024. The position will remain open until filled. Please direct any questions to the search committee chairs, Gabriel Fries-Briggs and César A Lopez.

The University of New Mexico is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are an equal opportunity employer, making decisions without regard to race, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, disability or any other protected class.

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