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 open the application cycle for the 2019-20 Ann Kalla Professorship in Architecture in fall 2018. 

Position Description

The Ann Kalla Professorship in Architecture was established in memory of Ann Kalla. Fellowship recipients help extend the rich legacy of design in the SoA and help shape the future of design, research, and practice at the School and in the profession. 

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

The School of Architecture will open the application cycle for the 2019-20 Ann Kalla Professorship in Architecture in fall 2018. 

EEO/AA Policy

Carnegie Mellon University is an Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran

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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.

2017-18 | Sarah Rafson

2016-17 | Nida Rehman

2015-16 | Christina Ciardullo

2014-15 | Gregory Spaw