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Assistant/Associate Professors in Architecture

Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University)
Job Location:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The Department of Architecture at Thomas Jefferson University is seeking up to three new faculty members to join the full-time faculty of the College of Architecture and the Built Environment.

The mission of the Department is founded on the belief that architecture has the power to improve lives by creating, activating, facilitating and substantiating innovative and inclusive design for all communities and environments. Faculty with diverse perspectives and backgrounds can foster an interdisciplinary academic experience that positions architecture at the dynamic center of social, cultural, historical, technological, and physical issues within our shared world. A commitment to design excellence, social equity and sustainability is evident throughout the curriculum and faculty research. We aim to equip graduates with the creativity, competence, compassion and conviction to be positive agents of change and stewards of the built environment.

Diversity, sustainability, interdisciplinary education and research are central to the mission of the college. We are seeking 21st century scholars who have the creative ability to weave together disparate related bodies of knowledge as well as modes of working and thinking in a transdisciplinary academic environment. A portfolio of scholarly inquiry and/ or outstanding design work is required, and a trajectory of critical inquiry aligned with the departmental mission is highly desired. Candidates should have demonstrated successful collaboration and innovation in teaching across multiple levels in the architectural curriculum and must be qualified by education and experience to teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Candidates will be expected to teach in and develop new critical insights intersecting with the department’s mission to one or more areas central to our curriculum including:

  • Social, Environmental and Tectonic Sustainability
  • Comprehensive Design
  • Computational Design and Making
  • Applied Building Technologies
  • History and Theory

Additionally, candidates should be committed to joining the faculty in the essential work of addressing systemic issues of diversity, equity and inclusion present within architectural education, the profession and our communities.

The Department of Architecture includes the NAAB accredited BArch and MArch programs, MS Architecture and BS in Architectural Studies programs, as well as the graduate program in Historic Preservation and the PhD program in Architecture and Design Research. The Department of Architecture is one of four departments in the college which also includes the departments in Interior Design, Construction Management and Sustainable Environments. With five undergraduate and ten graduate programs, the College of Architecture and the Built Environment is a national thought leader in sustainability, social equity and design excellence with several ranked programs across the architectural fields. As a comprehensive, private university ranked among the top national research universities, Jefferson focuses on transdisciplinary and experiential professional education. Students and faculty benefit from an interdisciplinary academic environment supporting education and research across disciplines.

The Department of Architecture is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion, and strongly encourages candidates with diverse backgrounds particularly from underrepresented minorities to apply.

All open positions are nine-month full-time faculty positions. Academic rank, track and salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.

About Thomas Jefferson University

Thomas Jefferson University is a leader in transdisciplinary, professional education. Jefferson, founded in 1824, is a preeminent national doctoral university delivering high-impact education in 160 undergraduate and graduate programs to 8,200 students in architecture, business, design, engineering, fashion and textiles, health, medicine, science and social science. Jefferson is re-defining the higher education value proposition with an approach that is collaborative and active; increasingly global; integrated with industry; focused on research across disciplines to foster innovation and discovery; and technology-enhanced. Student-athletes compete as the Jefferson Rams in the NCAA Division II Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference.

As an employer, Jefferson maintains a commitment to provide equal access to employment. Jefferson values diversity and encourages applications from women, members of minority groups, LGBTQ individuals, disabled individuals, and veterans.

Credential Requirements:

Candidates must possess one of the following categories of acceptable academic credentials: 1) terminal combination of a professional bachelor’s and a master’s degree; 2) a terminal professional master’s degree; or 3) a doctorate. The disciplines for the degrees should be in Architecture or a closely related discipline. Foreign equivalents to U.S. degrees are acceptable. 

Uniquely qualified candidates without the minimum academic credentials – who hold a professional license, exemplify exceptional professional experience, critical practice or scholarship, present widely-recognized professional work, and a flexible and integrative approach to architectural education – will also be considered.

Desired Qualifications: A doctoral degree and / or architecture licensure is desirable.

Special consideration will be given to candidates who have demonstrated successful experiences in teaching architectural design studios, seminar classes and / or lecture classes in one of the areas listed above. Preference is given to candidates who provide evidence of research though scholarship or critical practice that significantly impacts building practices as well as research. Candidates should have classroom experience in using advanced digital software and technologies related to the discipline.


Candidates should submit in digital format: 1) letter of application 2) statement on teaching philosophy and research / creative agenda (3-page maximum), 3) curriculum vitae, 4) portfolio of teaching and professional work (25-page maximum) and 5) names and contact information of three references.

Send complete application package to Questions should be send to the chair of the search committee, Dr. Kihong Ku,

Preferred submission deadline of materials is January 15, 2022. The search will remain open until suitable candidates are identified.

Conditions of Employment:

COVID Vaccination is a requirement for employment at Jefferson for employees working at Jefferson’s clinical entities or at the University. If you are not currently vaccinated you will be required to receive the vaccination prior to hire date if you are offered employment, unless you request and receive an approved medical or religious exemption from Jefferson.

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