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 is currently accepting applications for the 2018-19 Ann Kalla Professorship in Architecture. Applications are due Monday, 18 December 2017 at 11:59pm EST. To apply, access and complete the online application form at the link below.

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.

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/theory.

We anticipate that a successful candidate will extend the rich legacy of innovation and impact at the CMU SoA by working with us to craft the future of the discipline. If your creative work is breaking new ground, you will find an encouraging and stimulating environment within our dynamic community. Our faculty is a team of dedicated educators, creative researchers, exceptional practitioners, and interdisciplinary collaborators that teach across the School’s many programs, including the B.Arch, M.Arch, post-professional Master's and PhD programs.

School Description  

Our student body totals 350 undergraduate and graduate students, and is situated within the College of Fine Arts, alongside the Schools of Art, Design, Drama, and Music. Residing within a highest research activity institution, our top ranked architecture program offers a wide range of transdisciplinary educational and research opportunities.

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 robotics. Though each of our students graduate with intensive architecture knowledge, no two graduates leave with the same education. This outstanding architecture education is improved by our position within:

  • One of the world’s leading research and entrepreneurship institutions at the interdisciplinary intersection of technology, the arts, and the humanities;

  • By specialized facilities like the dFAB Lab, the CoDe Lab, the Intelligent Workplace, the IDeATe Physical Computing Lab, and PROJECT RE_;

  • We utilize the context of our dynamic, post-industrial city of Pittsburgh as a laboratory for inquiry and action.


This position requires a first professional degree in architecture.

Application Process

To apply, access and complete the online application form at and submit the following materials: 

  • A letter of interest that indicates your specific areas of expertise;
  • A complete curriculum vitae;
  • A small portfolio (≤25 MB)
  • A discussion of the specific courses that you are prepared to teach (CMU faculty typically teach two courses per semester);
  • Contact information for three references, including name, position, employer, email address, phone number, and your professional relationship with them;
  • For those with prior academic experience, examples of your students’ work.

Applications are due Monday, 18 December 2017 at 11:59pm EST. Interviews with shortlisted applicants will be scheduled for early January through early February. The job offer will be extended in March and the appointment completed by April 2018, with employment expected to begin in August 2018.

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The Vice President For Campus Affairs
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Ann Kalla Professorship Recipients

2017-18 | Sarah Rafson

2016-17 | Nida Rehman

2015-16 | Christina Ciardullo