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Assistant Professor in Design Teaching + Emerging Practice

The Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism invites applications for a full time, tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin July 1, 2018, in the area of Design Teaching + Emerging Practice. We seek an engaged, collaborative, thoughtful colleague to join our faculty and to participate in the academic and intellectual life of the School. The ideal candidate will understand and demonstrate the relationship between design as an academic discipline, and practice as a mode of design research.

This position will strengthen our commitment to design excellence, and the candidate will demonstrate evidence of outstanding teaching as well as an established and current record of emerging architectural practice. Design studio is at the core of our curriculum and the School prides itself on a tradition in which architectural design, representation, and theoretical and technical inquiry contribute to a synthetic investigation of architecture at all scales. S/he will be expected to teach graduate and undergraduate design studios, as well as required and elective non-studio courses. In addition, all members of the faculty supervise graduate thesis students, and conduct other projects and research in which their creative thought and practice are embedded within the culture of the School. All faculty members also contribute to the School through committee service.


Academic Unit

The Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism is uniquely situated in the vibrant and diverse community of Carleton University, and is housed in a one-of-a-kind and purpose-built teaching space in the heart of Canada’s capital. Ottawa is connected to the political life of the nation, and positioned at the border between Ontario and Québec. Our many resources include extensive wood and metal workshops, digital fabrication tools, and computer labs. The Master of Architecture program culminates in a thesis that integrates theoretical and design-based propositions. The School is part of the Faculty of Engineering and Design, allowing collaboration with adjacent disciplines including Civil and Environmental Engineering, Information Technology, and Industrial Design.

The faculty of the Azrieli School pursue an array of design research agendas, and there are opportunities for collaboration with a series of established research and outreach units at the school, including the Carleton Immersive Media Studio (CIMS), C-SALT (The Carleton Solids and Tectonics Lab) and C-URL (Carleton Urban Research Lab).



Qualified candidates must hold a professional degree (M.Arch or equivalent), a record of creative, emerging practice as demonstrated  through built work, competitions, public exhibitions, etc, and a record of successful and rigorous studio teaching at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.

In addition, at least one of the following is highly desirable:

  • Professional Registration in Architecture
  • Ph.D. in Architecture or a related field (or be in the final stages of obtaining a Ph.D.)


Application instructions

All applicants should provide the following materials:

  1. A letter of interest.
  2. A detailed curriculum vitae. Please indicate if you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.
  3. A clear statement of approach to design studio teaching, creative practice and research agendas (not to exceed 3 pages).
  4. Contact information for three references. References will only be contacted should applicants make the short-list and the search committee will notify candidates in advance.
  5. A portfolio of work with samples of design projects/professional work, publications, course syllabi and student work (50 page max).

Items 1-4 (above) should be assembled and submitted as a single pdf file. The portfolio (Item 5) should be submitted as a separate pdf file. Submit materials via e-mail to Claire Ryan, School Administrator at claire.ryan@carleton.ca

Note: Student evaluations may be requested from shortlisted candidates.

Application deadline: Sunday, December 31st, 2017.  Review of application will begin immediately in January of 2018, with an anticipated short list to be determined by mid-February of 2018. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to the School during March of 2018. Please direct search position questions to Claire.

Located in Ottawa, Ontario, Carleton University is a dynamic and innovative research and teaching institution committed to developing solutions to real world problems by pushing the boundaries of knowledge and understanding.  Its internationally recognized faculty, staff, and researchers provide academic opportunities in more than 100 programs of study to more than 28,000 full- and part-time students, from every province and more than 100 countries around the world. Carleton’s creative, interdisciplinary, and international approach to research has led to many significant discoveries and creative work in science and technology, business, governance, public policy, and the arts.

Minutes from downtown, Carleton University is located on a beautiful campus, bordered by the Rideau River and the Rideau Canal. With over 12 national museums and the spectacular Gatineau Park close by, there are many excellent recreational opportunities for individuals and families to enjoy. The City of Ottawa, with a population of almost one million, is Canada’s capital city and reflects the country’s bilingual and multicultural character. Carleton’s location in the nation’s capital provides many opportunities for research with groups and institutions that reflect the diversity of the country.

Carleton University is strongly committed to fostering diversity within its community as a source of excellence, cultural enrichment, and social strength. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our University including, but not limited to: women; visible minorities; First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples; persons with disabilities; and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expressions.

Those applicants that are selected for an interview will be requested to contact the Chair of the Search Committee as soon as possible to discuss any accommodation requirements. Arrangements will be made to accommodate requests in a timely manner.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.  All positions are subject to budgetary approval.