Assistant or Associate Professor of Architecture in Design, Computation, & Performance at Iowa State

Assistant or Associate Professor of Architecture in Design, Computation, & Performance

Job Description:

The Department of Architecture in the College of Design at Iowa State University (ISU) is seeking applicants for full-time tenure-track or tenured faculty positions at the open rank of Assistant or Associate Professor with expertise in Design, Computation, & Performance. The successful candidates will support the department through teaching and research that consolidates and expands upon our robust research portfolio and our nationally recognized and award-winning building-technology curriculum.

Successful candidates are expected to teach at graduate and undergraduate levels, including design studios, lecture/lab courses, and/or seminar-based courses in their area of research expertise in one of two areas:

  • Environmental and Adaptive Systems Performance
  • Computational Design and Fabrication

Candidates will exhibit a well-articulated and critical design pedagogy as well as capacity to situate their research within a broader socio-cultural/theoretical discourse. Applicants should provide evidence of progressive research, scholarship, and teaching in pursuit of a sustainable future and in some combination of the following areas of expertise:  building performance, composite materials, computational design, digital fabrication, high performance building enclosures, innovative environmental systems, robotic craft, simulation and analysis. The position will require applicants to maintain active scholarship consisting of peer-reviewed research and externally funded research grants.

Required Qualifications:

Candidates should hold a terminal degree at a Masters or PhD level, or its equivalent, in Architecture or a related field.

Preferred Qualifications:

Relevant Architecture design experience.

Experience teaching undergraduate or graduate students at the university level.

Facilities + Centers:

Technology resources include the department’s Computation and Construction Lab, the college’s Center for Building Energy Research and Surprenant Ingenuity Lab, and the university’s Student Innovation Center, designed by Kieran Timberlake and scheduled to open in spring 2020. These facilities allow faculty and students access to cutting-edge visualization, construction, and fabrication technology such as robotics, 3D printing, virtual and augmented reality equipment, and advanced modeling and simulation software, as well as experimental building energy diagnostics equipment.


The Department of Architecture is home to over 400 students and approximately 36 faculty offering two accredited degrees, a Bachelor of Architecture and Master of Architecture, and a post-professional research degree: Master of Science in Architecture. The Department is housed within the College of Design alongside the Departments of Landscape Architecture, Community and Regional Planning, Interior Design, Industrial Design, Graphic Design, and Arts & Visual Culture, making it one of the most comprehensive design colleges in the country.

Iowa State University is classified as a Carnegie Foundation R1: Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), and ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation. Ames enjoys all four seasons, has vibrant international community and has been ranked among the 10 best places to live in the nation and number 4 in the smartest cities in America. Des Moines, the state capital, is 30 minutes away and has been rated the #1 city for young professionals by Forbes Magazine. As of 2018, Iowa leads the nation in per capita wind energy production.

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Proposed Start Date:

16 August 2020

To ensure consideration submit application by:

January 30, 2020.

Iowa State University is an EO/AA employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.