The University of Florida, School of Architecture is seeking a visionary leader, architect, and educator to serve as Director. The position is a 12-month appointment and will be available from July 1, 2021. This is a pivotal and exciting moment for the profession and the school. The University of Florida (UF) is a top public, comprehensive, land-grant, research institution, recently ranked 7th among all U.S. public universities by U.S. News and World Report. UF is dedicated to achieving and maintaining a culture of educational and research preeminence. The School of Architecture shares this drive and wishes to build upon a strong tradition of design and teaching excellence, external engagement, and student achievement.
The School of Architecture’s foundation is its strength in architectural design-focused education. The program has approximately 450 undergraduate and 150 Master’s and PhD students. There are two off-campus programs: CityLab in Orlando, which graduated the first class of IPAL (Integrated Path to Architectural Licensure) students in the U.S. and has a concentration in the Themed Environment Integration, and the Florida Vicenza Institute of Architecture in Vicenza, Italy. International studies play an important role in the School curriculum with almost 75% of the student body participating in programs in Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe, Africa, and Asia.
The 31 full-time faculty of the School of Architecture produce research, creative works, and design scholarship through independent initiatives, centers, and institutes. The Center for Hydro-Generated Urbanism (CHU), and the new interdisciplinary Florida Institute for Built Environment Resilience (FIBER), connect faculty and students from the School of Architecture with diverse research opportunities from across the College of Design, Construction, and Planning and the University.
The Director reports to the Dean of the College of Design, Construction and Planning. He/she is expected to provide inspirational leadership in teaching, research, and service, and actively advance the University of Florida’s goals and objectives including significant attention to improving ranking, preeminence initiatives, outreach and recruitment. The Director’s duties include a mixture of teaching, research, and service; developing a strategic direction for the School; academic, fiscal, personnel, and School administration; representing the School within the College, University, the profession, and the community; advancing funded and interdisciplinary research. The Director will also actively participate in fundraising efforts for the School in coordination with the College’s Advancement Team and the University of Florida Foundation.
Qualifications: Applicants must demonstrate a record of excellence and leadership, such as significant contributions to research, teaching, scholarship, design/creative work, and professional practice in the fields of architecture. Candidates for this position must have a commitment to diversity and equal opportunity.
Required: Candidates are expected to hold;
Master of Architecture (M.Arch) and license to practice Architecture.
Or a five-year Bachelor of Architecture plus a Master’s degree in Architecture or in a field related to Architecture and license to practice Architecture.
Preferred: A Ph.D. in Architecture, Architectural History, the Building Sciences or Urban Design. It is anticipated that the appointment will be at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor (preferred) with tenure.
Required Submissions: 1) Letter of interest that details the applicant’s qualifications for this position; 2) Curriculum vitae, including relevant administrative experience; 3) Selected work demonstrating the applicant’s research/scholarship, creative activity, teaching and/or outreach; and 4) Names and contact information for a minimum of three (3) references. References will be contacted only after communication with the applicant has occurred. Application: Interested applicants must apply online at https://jobs.ufl.edu. The ID number is40633. To ensure full consideration, the required information listed above should be submitted by 14 September 2020, at which time the search committee will begin reviewing applications. Applications received after this date may or may not be considered, at the discretion of the committee and/or hiring authority. Inquiries: Inquiries should be directed to Dr. Abdol Chini, Search Committee Chair (Phone 352-294-1407 or firstname.lastname@example.org). The University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff. The selection process will be conducted in accord with the provisions of Florida in the Sunshine and Public Records laws. Search Committee meetings and interviews will be open to the public; and all applications, CV and other documents related to the search will be available for public inspection. All candidates for employment are subject to a pre-employment screening which includes a review of criminal records, reference checks, and verification of education. Further information is available at http://www.dcp.ufl.edu.
Additional Salary Information: The position is a 12-month appointment and will be available from July 1, 2021
Internal Number: 40633
About University of Florida
The School of Architecture recognizes design as a synthesis of thinking, analyzing and making — an iterative process that engages, issues of space, historical precedent, sustainability, ecology, urbanity, landscape, built-form, and construction toward innovation. As Florida will soon support the third largest population in the US, the challenges of rapid growth within sensitive natural ecologies, fluctuating tourism, humid and hot climate, multiple urban centers, sprawling suburbs, dwindling agriculture, lack of mass transit, and extensive coastal hurricane threats requires integrative and collaborative design strategies for the future.
The School of Architecture is uniquely positioned to respond to these issues by deploying studio based design methodologies in collaboration with a new generation of experts in engineering, ecology, business, anthropology, energy, fine arts, medicine and construction. Within the University of Florida, the State’s flagship research institution, a trove of researchers and faculty dedicated to academic excellence and interdisciplinary collaboration are focused on the demands of changing culture. The SoA is one of seven programs associated within the... College of Design, Construction and Planning — Architecture,Landscape Architecture, Planning, Preservation, Sustainability and the Built Environment, Interior Design and Building Construction. SoA faculty and students, working independently and collaboratively across disciplines through teaching, research and practice, have garnered international, national, state and local design awards, publish regularly and secure national, state and local grant funding for research based service learning and design projects. This body of work poses theoretical, poetic, cultural and practical questions and suggests responses through the discipline of design.
The G|SoA is focused on research-based design that explores critical issues of a changing culture — climate, energy, infrastructure, transportation and population growth/redistribution. Students are engaged in design as a collaborative and integrative methodology addressing both real and speculative projects through coordinated studios, seminars and workshops. To support this effort, nationally recognized award winning Architects from practice and the academy in the US and abroad collaborate with faculty and students in studio and intensive issue-oriented workshops strategically scheduled during the academic year.