Carnegie Mellon University invites applications for the position of Head of the School of Architecture.

Applications are now being accepted. Review of applicants will begin November 1, 2019, continuing until the position is filled. The appointment begins on July 1, 2020.


Position Description

The School of Architecture (SoA) provides deep immersion in the discipline of architecture, intensified by the broader Carnegie Mellon culture of interdisciplinary innovation and creative inquiry at the intersection of art and technology. Our undergraduate and graduate degree programs prepare students to be discipline-defining design thinkers and practitioners in diverse global contexts. This dynamic architectural education is enhanced by the SoA’s position within one of the world’s leading research and entrepreneurship institutions, and by the fundamental premise that architectural excellence demands both rigorous training in fundamentals and the development of unique specializations.

The SoA Head will articulate a strong intellectual vision of the discipline and its future, including the role of architecture in confronting social, technological, and environmental change. This vision will be outward looking and forward thinking while collaboratively building upon the SoA’s existing scholarly and educational ecosystem that values multiple perspectives and practices. The Head will demonstrate an integrative understanding of architecture as a field built upon the interrelated domains of education, professional practice, industry, research, and scholarship. The Head should be experienced in these areas, either through their own work or through developing or overseeing programs.

The Head's leadership will include mentoring and contributing to a faculty, staff, and student body of diverse nationalities, cultures, races, ethnicities, genders, and orientations. The SoA currently includes: 61 faculty including full-time and adjunct, 14 staff members, 277 undergraduate students, and 132 graduate students. Our community also includes alumni, donors, university leaders, parents and friends of the University, and colleagues in the architecture and allied building and technology professions.

The Head develops programmatic and professional connections within and outside of the University. The position requires effective decision-making, participatory problem solving, creative management, cultivating new donors and financial resources, adapting emerging technologies, connecting with industry, and a high level of dedication and passion for architecture.

Evidence of professional and progressive leadership within an institution or organization, excellent management and mentoring skills, and the ability to gain and manage resources is essential. These attributes may be demonstrated through a track record as an architect, professor, researcher, administrator, and/or within industry. 

The School of Architecture offers degrees at the undergraduate, graduate, post-graduate, and doctoral levels: Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch) (ranked #11 overall in the 2019 Design Intelligence Survey of Architecture Schools), Bachelor of Arts in Architecture (B.A.), Master of Architecture (M.Arch.), Master of Advanced Architectural Design (MAAD), Master of Urban Design (MUD), Master of Science in Sustainable Design (MSSD), Master of Science and PhD in Architecture–Engineering–Construction Management (MSAECM and PhD-AECM), Master of Science and PhD in Building Performance and Diagnostics (MSBPD and PhD-BPD), and Master of Science and PhD in Computational Design (MSCD and PhD-CD).

SoA centers and facilities include the Center for Building Performance and Diagnostics, the Robert L. Preger Intelligent Workplace, the Applied Architectural Robotics Collective, the Remaking Cities Institute, the Computational Design Lab, the Design Fabrication Lab, and the Shop. The SoA is part of the College of Fine Arts which encompasses the Schools of Architecture, Art, Design, Drama, and Music and associated centers and programs. These include the Entertainment Technology Center, Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, and the Miller Institute for Contemporary Art. Students and faculty are also involved in the Integrative Design, Arts and Technology Network (IdeATe). CMU maintains branch campuses or program facilities in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Kigali (Rwanda) and Doha (Qatar). The University is also positioned in proximity to several other world-class institutions, including the University of Pittsburgh, and the Carnegie Museum of Art and its Heinz Architectural Center, and the Andy Warhol Museum.

Carnegie Mellon is a private, top-ranked global research university with more than 11,000 students, recognized for its excellence in the arts, technology, transdisciplinary programs, and research. It is located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a thriving post-industrial city, which has been cited as being the “Best Arts Destination” among mid-size cities and one of the USA’s most affordable and livable cities. Pittsburgh offers a burgeoning restaurant scene, a vibrant performing arts community, three professional sports teams, one of the largest urban forests in the country, and four-season recreational opportunities.


EEO/AA Policy

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

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Application Requirements

Review of applicants will begin November 1, 2019, continuing until the position is filled. The appointment begins on July 1, 2020.

Interested candidates should submit the following:

  • A statement of interest; 

  • A current curriculum vitae;

  • A written summary and/or portfolio of teaching, research, and professional activities; 

  • Contact information for three references, including name, position, employer, email address, phone number and your professional relationship with them. 

For more information and submission details, contact:

Joshua Bard
Co-chair, Head Search Committee
School of Architecture, CFA 201
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890
jdbard@cmu.edu