Faculty Position – Urban Design (Tenured or Professional Practice)

Columbia University

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.

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