For the Ann Kalla Professorship in Architecture, the CMU SoA seeks individuals who will extend our rich legacy of innovation and impact by working with us to craft the future of the discipline. 

The School of Architecture will announce the call for applications for the 2020-21 Ann Kalla Professorship in Architecture in the fall of 2019.

About the Professorship

The Ann Kalla Professorship in Architecture was established by Phylis Kalla in memory of her daughter Ann. Pittsburgh native Ann Kalla graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a Bachelors Degree in Economics in 1976 and went on to earn a Master’s in Architecture from Columbia University in 1980 along with an AIA Medal for distinguished design work. After graduation Ann worked for the NYC firm of James Stewart Polshek & Partners and later for John Chimera Architects. A friendship with Pietro Cicognani made on her first day at Columbia University turned into a lifelong business and design collaboration. They organized Aedificare, Inc. later to become Cicognani Kalla Architects, P.C. Over 120 projects were designed in the course of the partnership, including the Heinz Architectural Center at the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh. In NYC the firm received the Restoration Award from the Friends of the Upper East Side Historic District.

Position Description

The Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) School of Architecture (SoA) is looking for individuals with a strong background, or emerging potential, in creative architectural accomplishment that elevates the discipline through research work, scholarly work, artistic work, and/or professional practice.

For the Ann Kalla Professorship in Architecture, the School welcomes emerging practitioners and studio educators to develop a body of work while teaching in a dynamic school of architecture. During the nine months of your appointment, you will teach two design studios and a research-by-design seminar related to your pedagogical agenda. You will present your work in a public forum (e.g. lecture, symposium, and/or exhibition). In addition to your full time salary, you will receive support through research assistance and/or discretionary funding. While we welcome all applications, preference will be given to those that leverage the School’s resources in design, emergent fabrication/material technologies, computational design thinking, building systems integration, sustainable urbanism, and/or history and theory.

School Description  

If your creative work is breaking new ground, you will find an encouraging, stimulating environment within our dynamic community. Our school is a team of dedicated educators, designers, researchers, practitioners, and interdisciplinary collaborators. Full time faculty members teach studios and/or coursework appropriate to their specialization(s) across the School’s many programs, including the B. Arch, M. Arch, post-professional Master's (both MS and studio-based) and the doctoral programs.

Our student body totals 370 undergraduate and graduate students, and is situated within the College of Fine Arts, alongside the Schools of Art, Design, Drama, and Music. Our university is classified as a "R1: Doctoral University – Highest Research Activity" institution. As such, a wide range of transdisciplinary educational and research opportunities can be created at the school, college, and/or university levels. 

Our school philosophy is to provide deep immersion in the discipline of architecture, intensified by a university culture of interdisciplinary innovation and creative inquiry. Our undergraduate and graduate degree programs prepare students to be excellent, discipline-defining design-thinkers in diverse global contexts. We believe that architectural excellence demands both rigorous training in fundamentals and the development of unique expertise - whether the sciences, the humanities, engineering, or computation. Though each of our students graduate with intensive architecture knowledge, no two graduates leave with the same education.

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This position requires a first professional degree in architecture.

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Ann Kalla Professorship Recipients

To learn more about previous recipients of the Ann Kalla Professorship in Architecture, please refer to the information on the Visiting Professorships page.

2019-20 | Nathalie Frankowski & Cruz García

2018-19 | Heather Bizon

2017-18 | Sarah Rafson

2016-17 | Nida Rehman

2015-16 | Christina Ciardullo

2014-15 | Gregory Spaw