Assistant Professor in Architecture (507192)

  • California Polytechnic State University
  • San Luis Obispo, California
  • Jun 04, 2022
Full Time Architecture Education and Training Public Health

Job Description


The Architecture Department in the College of Architecture & Environmental Design (CAED) at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, invites applications for two tenure-track positions at the rank of Assistant Professor for the academic year beginning September 12, 2022. The Architecture Department offers a Bachelor of Architecture and Master of Science in Architecture, and minors in Architecture and Sustainable Environments.

The Architecture Department seeks applicants with a demonstrated capacity for critical inquiry into architectural design and representation as they apply to technologies of the building environment and urban environments. Successful applicants will teach undergraduate design studios, lecture courses, and hands-on activity courses across multiple levels of the undergraduate curriculum. Applicants should have an established or emerging record of excellence in teaching, and a research agenda that supports scholarship and informs undergraduate teaching in a collaborative environment in keeping with Cal Poly's teacher-scholar model. The Department maintains a culture of fairness, collegiality, and mutual respect, and candidates are expected to contribute to critical departmental dialogues and help shape the future of the program as we embrace contemporary issues of design, diversity, social justice, and climate change. Cal Poly offers tenure-track faculty a reduced teaching-load in their first two years to support professional development.

Assistant Professor - Design + Technologies of the Built Environment

The Architecture Department seeks applicants that creatively bridge architectural design and representation with technologies of the built environment. In addition to a successful record of teaching design studio, candidates should have expertise and research interests in material technologies, construction methods, structures, high-performance design, and/or fabrication. Candidates should be able to contribute toward evolving the curriculum to make transparent the social, equity, and climate justice impacts of environmental technologies. Teaching responsibilities will include architectural technology lecture courses, hands-on activity coursework, and core design studios in the undergraduate curriculum.

Assistant Professor - Design + Representation of Urban Environments

The Architecture Department seeks applicants who creatively integrate architectural design and representation as they relate to the urban environment. In addition to a successful record of teaching architectural design studios, candidates should have research interests in one or more of the following or related areas: urban development and regulatory systems, public spaces, the intersection of the design of urban environments and issues of social justice, equity, and climate justice, and/or the creative use of data within the context of architectural design. Candidates should demonstrate the ability to develop representation and visualization strategies to synthesize information and inform design decision making. Candidates should be able to actively contribute toward evolving the curriculum to address the responsibilities of representation to social justice and equity. Teaching responsibilities will include architectural technology lecture courses, hands-on activity courses, and core design studios in the undergraduate curriculum.

  • Professional degree in architecture (B. Arch, M. Arch, or D. Arch) or equivalent
  • Master's degree in architecture or allied discipline
  • Architectural license or Ph.D. (see note below)
  • Professional experience in architecture
  • Relevant college-level teaching experience
  • An established or emerging trajectory for creative and/or scholarly work
  • A record of excellence in teaching, scholarship, and/or critical practice
  • A forward-minded, flexible, and integrative approach to architectural education
  • Demonstrated proficiency in written and oral use of the English language

Note: Ph.D. or eligibility for architectural license is acceptable for appointment. For candidates without the Ph.D., possession of the license is required for promotion and tenure. Candidates not meeting these minimum qualifications, but with exceptional professional knowledge, teaching experience, or recognized work will be considered.


Preference will be given to those with experience working with diverse populations and fostering a collaborative, supportive and inclusive environment. Given the possibility of team teaching, a record of successful collaboration is also preferred.


The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Following a conditional offer of employment, a background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate may start work with Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may result in the withdrawal of the offer of employment. Note: Cal Poly cannot deny an applicant a position solely or in part due to a criminal conviction history until it has performed an individualized assessment and linked the relevant conviction history with specific job duties in the position being sought.

Please note: Current employees who are offered positions on campus will be required to undergo a background check for any position where a background check is required by law or that Cal Poly has designated as sensitive. Sensitive positions are those requiring heightened scrutiny of individuals holding the position based on potential for harm to children, concerns for the safety and security of people, animals, or property, or heightened risk of financial loss to Cal Poly or individuals in the university community.

For health and well-being, Cal Poly is a smoke & tobacco-free campus. The university is committed to promoting a healthy environment for all members of our community.

CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. Any candidates advanced in a search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at CSU Vaccination Policy and questions may be sent to

In accordance with the California State University (CSU) Out-of-State Employment Policy, the CSU is a state entity whose business operations reside within the State of California and prohibits hiring employees to perform CSU related work outside of California.


The polytechnic tradition at Cal Poly emphasizes design, application, reflection, collaboration, and project-based learning. The CAED encourages creative inquiry, making, and theoretical speculation, supported by extensive analog and digital fabrication facilities and the Neel Resource Center. The CAED also oversees a nine-acre outdoor experimental construction laboratory, Poly Canyon, and an indoor fabrication and construction facility, the Simpson Strong Tie Materials Demonstration Lab.

We believe cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity is fundamental to the success of our students, our employees, and our community. Bringing people together from different backgrounds, experiences and value systems fosters the innovative and creative thinking that exemplifies the Architecture Departments' values of free inquiry, cultural and intellectual diversity, mutual respect, civic engagement, and social and environmental responsibility. Cal Poly's commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring and retention. California Polytechnic State University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

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Interested candidates must complete the online application and upload all of the following materials:

(1) Candidate statement describing your teaching and research interests related to the position description, studios that you are interested in teaching and relevant experience, approach to teaching, and identify other types of courses you could offer.

(2) Statement on diversity and inclusion describing past accomplishments and sharing ideas for future contributions related to your areas of teaching, research, and/or service.

(3) Current curriculum vitae.

(4) Sample of scholarly writing (e.g. dissertation chapter, book chapter, and/or articles; 20MB max)

(5) Digital portfolio (50 pages maximum, 30Mb file size limit) that includes documentation explaining the candidate's approach to and experience in teaching. The portfolio should contain clear written and visual evidence of teaching and scholarship, including at least one syllabus.

(6) Unofficial Transcripts

Prior to appointment, official transcripts confirming degrees and a background check will also be required.

Please be prepared to provide three professional references with names and email addresses when completing the online faculty application. Three letters of recommendation will be required of finalists and solicited directly by Cal Poly. Review of applications will begin January 17, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.

Salary and teaching assignments are commensurate with qualifications and experience.

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Closing Date/Time: Open until filled

Job Address

San Luis Obispo, California 93405 United States View Map