School of Architecture Seeks New Head of School

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The Carnegie Mellon University School of Architecture 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.

More information available at soa.cmu.edu/head-search.

Current SoA Head Stephen Lee will be serving his 12th and final year as head during the 2019-20 academic year. University policy allows for a maximum of two five-year term lengths for heads of school; Lee has already served one year as interim head, two five-year terms as head, and will serve this additional upcoming year as the College of Fine Arts handles several other headship transitions within the college. Lee will continue on as tenured faculty with the SoA following the conclusion of his headship. The goal for the head search is to bring this new person on board with time to allow for a smooth transition into the next chapter of the school.

We are eager to solicit input from our community during this search process, and invite you to share your thoughts in this anonymous, five-question questionnaire. The feedback will be used to help establish criteria for the evaluation of candidates, and to help us identify potential candidates as we conduct our search.

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's leadership will include: 

  • Mentoring and contributing to a diverse faculty, staff, and student body;

  • Outreach to alumni, the larger university community, and colleagues in the architecture and allied building and technology professions;

  • Participatory problem solving and creative management;

  • Cultivating new donors and financial resources; 

  • and a high level of dedication and passion for architecture.

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. 

Carnegie Mellon University is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran. Review of applicants will begin November 1, 2019, continuing until the position is filled. The appointment begins on July 1, 2020.

For more information and submission details, visit soa.cmu.edu/head-search, or contact Joshua Bard, Co-chair of the Head Search Committee at jdbard@cmu.edu.