Faculty Position – Architectural Design (Open Rank)

Columbia University
Location: New York, NY, USA
Added on: 20 Aug 2023, Job offer expires on: 30 Nov 2023

The Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) at Columbia University invites applications for a full-time, open-rank faculty position in Architecture in the tenured, tenure-track, and professional practice categories. A Master of Architecture degree, Bachelor of Architecture, or the equivalent professional degree is required.


GSAPP is a school dedicated to engaging and shaping the built environment across scales, in light of the climatic, ecological, societal, bodily, and technological tensions of today. With Master’s programs in Architecture; Urban Planning; Historic Preservation; Real Estate Development; Architecture and Urban Design; Critical, Curatorial, and Conceptual Practices; and Computational Design Practices, and doctoral programs in Architecture, Urban Planning, and Historic Preservation, GSAPP represents a unique environment that fosters interdisciplinary thinking and innovation across contexts, expanding the reach and critical capacity of knowledge and practice. Located in the heart of New York City, the School has built its long legacy of excellence as an engine for change, combining inventiveness with disciplinary practice and incisive and engaged thinking. Architecture design is a crucial part of this innovation, collaboration, and critical engagement within the School and throughout the disciplines and professions of the built environment.


GSAPP is particularly interested in candidates who practice, teach, and conduct research on issues of architecture and design related to materiality, technology, ecology, climate, social justice, and/or representation. Strong candidates will have the ability not only to teach and shape pedagogy in design studios and courses on theory of design, but also to contribute to the School’s dynamic, inventive, and engaged academic ecosystem through their own innovative practice and scholarship. GSAPP is also interested in candidates who demonstrate capacity for leadership in pedagogy.


We welcome applicants with impact in the circulation of ideas and designs in the field of architecture internationally and who are capable of anticipating and influencing changes in the discipline and profession, and to responding to contemporary climatic, societal, bodily, and technological crises and discussions. The capacity to articulate architectural design, materiality, and technology within the context of critical discourse is required for this position.


GSAPP faculty lead the evolution of their disciplines and create the conditions for students to research and interrogate current and past ideas and methods, as well as support their capacity to experiment novel notions and practices. Therefore, we welcome applications from candidates who are able to teach, conduct research, and/or practice in emergent directions.


Candidates in all ranks and categories must have demonstrated capacity for original work and have strong leadership, institution building, and communication skills. They must show clear evidence of expertise in, and promise of significant continuing contributions to, their disciplines.


Successful senior candidates (associate professor or full professor rank) being considered for hire with tenure require extensive teaching experience, a substantial body of scholarship and research, and interest in broader public engagement.


Tenure-track candidates in the assistant professor rank must show evidence of teaching and great promise in scholarship, research, and/or practice. Tenure-track candidates in the associate professor rank will have a demonstrated record of teaching, scholarly achievement, and show great promise of attaining distinction in their field of specialization.


Successful professional practice candidates (associate professor of professional practice or full professor of professional practice rank) must show evidence of recent (within the past 3 years) or current contributions to the fields of the built environment through professional engagement and are expected to sustain an active professional practice in the discipline of hire. All professional practice candidates are expected to articulate how their professional expertise and practice interests can contribute to GSAPP, as a means to shape the direction of the disciplines and programs of the School as well as the field more broadly. Candidates for the full professor of professional practice rank will be those who have a minimum of ten years’ experience and who have distinguished careers for which they are recognized at the national and international level. Candidates for the associate professor of professional practice rank will generally have five years of professional experience and show clear evidence of expertise and significant promise of continuing development.

Please submit a letter of application, CV, a statement of current and future research plans, writing and work samples (research/projects), teaching philosophy and sample syllabi, and contact information for three references. (Confidential recommendation letters will only be requested from references for candidates who are invited for a campus visit/second round interview.) Review of applications will begin September 1, 2023 and continue until the position is filled. The anticipated start date for this position is July 1, 2024.


Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran.


Hiring Salary Ranges (Annually)

Assistant Professor (tenure-track):  $100,000 – $130,000

Associate Professor (tenured, tenure-track, professional practice):  $120,000 – $160,000

Full Professor (tenured, professional practice):  $150,000 – $200,000


The salary of the finalist selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to departmental budgets, qualifications, experience, education, licenses, specialty, and training. The above hiring range represents the University’s good faith and a reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting.

Please visit our online application site at!/119061 for further information about this position and to submit your application.

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