Faculty Position – Urban Design (Tenured or Professional Practice)

Columbia University
Added on: 21 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 faculty position in Urban Design as a tenured Associate or Full Professor, or an Associate or Full Professor of Professional Practice. A Master’s degree in Urban Design, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Urban Planning or a closely related field 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. The Master of Science in Architecture and Urban Design degree program prepares students to be urban design leaders and advance design excellence, sustainability, resilience, and social justice at multiple scales. The program fosters visionary thinkers and change makers in the public realm.

Open to candidates across urban fields, GSAPP is particularly interested in candidates with expertise and experience in the application of urban design knowledge and practices to address specific ecological and societal challenges; as well as the capacity to operate connecting local conditions with transnational and globalized dynamics, international cooperation, and intergovernmental action. Strong candidates will teach and conduct research on issues related to the built environment such as climate, infrastructure, policy, public space and social justice, territorial research, or housing. All candidates should have interest in and capacity for collaboration with other disciplines.

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 with novel or alternative notions and practices. Therefore, we welcome applications from candidates who are able to teach, conduct research, and/or practice in emergent directions that respond to contemporary challenges and engagements. We also welcome applicants with strong methodological capabilities in the form of urban geography, resilience, spatial visualization, ecological practices and leadership in the public realm.

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. A strong commitment to integrate theory and practice on the future of cities and climate adaptation is desirable.

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):

Associate Professor (tenured and professional practice): $120,000 – $160,000

Full Professor (tenured and 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!/119099 for further information about this position and to submit your application.

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