Assistant / Associate Professor – Architecture of Extreme Environments and Innovative and Resilient Buildings

Arizona State University

The Design School and the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment at Arizona State University seek applicants for a full-time tenured/tenure-track assistant or associate-level faculty position in the area of Architecture of Extreme Environments with a focus on innovative and resilient buildings, to begin fall 2024. This position is anticipated to be a joint appointment between The Design School in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts and the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. This position will be located on the ASU Tempe campus.

About ASU

Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. In 2022, ASU was named a Hispanic-Serving Institution and in 2023, ASU joined the prestigious Association of American Universities. ASU is deeply committed to advancing in innovative ways while sustaining a welcoming, supportive, and empowering environment for all members of our community.

About the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts

Arizona State University’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts is the largest comprehensive design and arts school in the country, located within a dynamic research university focused on transformative change. Built on a unique combination of disciplines, the Herberger Institute comprises the Schools of Art; Arts, Media and Engineering; Music, Dance and Theatre; The Design School; The Sidney Poitier New American Film School, and the ASU Art Museum. The Herberger Institute is committed to redefining the 21st-century design and arts school through developing and scaling ideas that strengthen the role of designers and artists across all areas of society and culture, increasing the capacity of artists to make a difference in their communities. For more information on the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, visit herbergerinstitute.asu.edu.

About the Architecture Program

The Architecture Program has launched a new curriculum that is designed to be inclusive, innovative, and impactful, aimed towards excellence. The program offers a professional Master of Architecture (MArch) both in-person and online, a four-year pre-professional Bachelor of Science in Design (BSD) in Architectural Studies, and a Minor in Architectural Studies. In addition, the School supports two graduate research degree programs conferring respectively a Master of Science in Architecture (MSArch) and a Doctor of Philosophy in Design, Environment, and the Arts (PhD). We offer concurrent Master’s degree options with each of the other programs in The Design School. In addition, graduate students can pursue concurrent master’s degree options across ASU. More information about the Architecture Program can be found here.

About the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering

The Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering is the largest engineering colleges in the United States with approximately 32,000 students. The Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering offers about 25 undergraduate programs and 50 graduate programs across its eight schools. We believe that engineering is more than a discipline — it’s a mindset, a way of looking at the world. Students in the Fulton Schools are part of a community of problem solvers, people who are passionate about designing and crafting innovative and entrepreneurial solutions. The Fulton Schools emphasize discovery, design, innovation, entrepreneurship and societal impact. We exceeded $150 million in research expenditures in FY2022, driving faculty, graduate and undergraduate research in a wide variety of core research themes including energy, health, sustainability, education, and security. 

About the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment

The School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment (SSEBE) is committed to preparing a twenty-first century workforce that is capable of harnessing the power of technology to engineer a smart and sustainable infrastructure future for all. The School offers undergraduate and graduate academic programs in civil engineering, construction engineering, construction management, environmental engineering, and sustainable engineering. The School is home to 60 faculty members serving 2,200 students in its various degree programs. The Del E Webb School of Construction is housed within SSEBE. Faculty are engaged in cutting edge research and discovery that amounts to more than $30 million in expenditures annually. The School houses a number of major research initiatives and centers with faculty advancing work in all infrastructure domains including structures and materials, environmental sciences and engineering, water resource systems, transportation systems, pavement technologies, sustainable engineering, and construction management and project delivery. The School has strong ties with indigenous communities through its Construction in Indian Country enterprise and seeks to advance sustainable construction and engineering solutions that serve the needs of diverse populations and geographies. 

About the Position

We seek applicants who complement our abilities in designing, constructing, and advancing sustainable built environments that provide long-lasting improvement to the human condition and that are coherently integrated with social and natural systems. Particular areas of interest include but are not limited to: health and the built environment, building envelope optimization, novel material and construction methods, building technologies and energy systems, energy conservation and efficiency, building information modeling, industrialized construction, the use of AI in building technology and construction, and construction and design challenges inherent to extreme environments. We are particularly interested in recruiting scholars who are focused on the design of resilient and adaptive built environments, with an emphasis on empowering and advancing a community’s health, especially in environmental justice contexts. The successful candidate is expected to teach undergraduate and graduate courses, develop and sustain a research program consistent with a tenure-track position, and engage in service within the institution and the profession. We are especially interested in applicants who are dedicated to advancing the ASU Charter and realizing ASU’s Design Aspirations.

This search is part of ASU’s engagement with the Arizona’s New Economy Initiative (NEI), a bold effort to ensure that Arizona leads the new economy that will rely on engineering, design, computing, and technology to drive sustainable growth, resilience, and opportunities for all. NEI investments in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering will grow our world class faculty to accelerate research outcomes and broaden student access across our programs; will establish Science and Technology Centers to foster the growth of new economy industries; and will expand experiential learning and workforce training opportunities.

Required Qualifications:

  • Earned doctorate in Architecture, Design and the Environment, Building Science, Construction Management, Construction Engineering, Civil Engineering, Architectural Engineering or related discipline by the time of appointment;
  • Ability to contribute to the charter and mission of ASU,
  • Evidence of excellence and innovation in research; and
  • Evidence of excellence and innovation in practice and teaching.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Commitment to exploring the current and future role of architecture, construction, and architectural technology in environmentally and socially responsible design practices;
  • Ability to obtain collaborative, transdisciplinary research funding;
  • Experience developing and teaching interdisciplinary courses; and
  • Interest or experience in teaching and learning in online and hybrid modalities.

Instructions to Apply:

Please submit the following information through Interfolio:

  • Cover letter outlining qualifications for the position
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Statement describing research interests (two pages maximum)
  • Statement describing teaching interests and philosophy (two pages maximum)
  • Contact information for three references including name, e-mail address, and telephone number.

Please direct all inquiries to Search Committee Chair, Thomas Hartman, at thomas.hartman@asu.edu.

All applications must be submitted electronically via Interfolio at http://apply.interfolio.com/137180

Application Deadline:

The application deadline is February 8, 2024. Applications will continue to be accepted after this date on a rolling basis for a reserve pool. Applications in the reserve pool may then be reviewed in the order in which they were received until the position is filled.

ASU conducts pre-employment screening for all positions which includes a criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses and certifications.

Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. (See https://www.asu.edu/aad/manuals/acd/acd401.html and https://www.asu.edu/titleIX/.)

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