Applications Now Open for the 2019-20 Visiting Professorships


Carnegie Mellon University School of Architecture is pleased to announce that applications are now open for the 2019-20 Visiting Professorships: the Ann Kalla Professorship in Architecture, and new this year, the Joseph F. Thomas Visiting Professorship.

For these positions, the 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, scholars 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 or project courses 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 whose work relates to one or more of the School’s strengths in sustainable design; computational design and fabrication; building performance and diagnostics; architecture, engineering and construction management; and architectural history and theory.

Ann Kalla Professorship in Architecture
For 2019-20, we are looking to fill the Ann Kalla Professorship in Architecture. 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 bachelor’s 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 New York City firm of James Stewart Polshek & Partners and a friendship with Pietro Cicognani, a Columbia classmate, turned into a lifelong business and design collaboration. They organized 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.

Joseph F. Thomas Visiting Professorship
For 2019-20, we are looking to fill the Joseph F. Thomas Visiting Professorship. Joseph Thomas was born in Oak Hill, WV on 23 March 1915 and graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Carnegie Institute of Technology (Carnegie-Mellon University) in 1938. He and Don Neptune created the firm, Neptune & Thomas Associates, Architects & Engineers, in 1953. They both worked there until retiring in 1978 earning over 30 design awards. Joe's institutional works in Southern California were often landmarks, including many universities and schools, hospitals, churches, banks, and other public buildings. His professional and community service work was extensive, including Founding Member/Pasadena Chapter AIA; Pasadena Planning Commission; California Advisory Board/Architecture & Construction; Advisory Committee/Cal Poly Pomona School of Environmental Design; and Chairman/Pasadena Mayor's Council for Downtown Development. On a national level Joe served many years on several committees and served as Treasurer of the American Institute of Architecture. Among the recognitions he received were The Pasadena Arts Council Golden Circle Award for Visual Arts, and, fittingly, the Pasadena-Foothill annual Joseph F. Thomas Founders Award. He was awarded a Fellowship in the American Institute of Architecture in 1970.

More information about the positions is available on the Ann Kalla Professorship in Architecture and Joseph F. Thomas Visiting Professorship sections of the website. Applications are due Monday, 13 January 2020 at 11:59pm EST. To apply, complete the online application form at the link below.