Visiting Professor, Portland Architecture Program

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Tue, Aug 7 '18Posted on:

Visiting Professor, Portland Architecture Program

Job no:  Work type: Faculty - Other Location: Portland, OR Categories: Architecture/Urban Design, Instruction

Department: School of Architecture and Environment Rank: Visiting Professor Annual Basis: 6 Month

Review of Applications Begins October 1, 2018; open until filled

Special Instructions to Applicants  Please include the following with your online application: 1. A C.V. or resume. 2. In the document upload labeled Cover Letter, please submit a short narrative description of your background, professional/teaching interests, and qualifications for the position. Please include in the narrative a statement addressing past and current contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion.

3. In the document upload labeled Supplemental Questions, please submit a portfolio of representative products of your creative work and research, including professional projects and/or publications compiled into a single document.  4. A list of at least three references with addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses. Please indicate your professional and/or academic relationship to each person on this list.

Department and Program Summary The Portland Architecture Program is part of the University of Oregon Department of Architecture and is located in the School of Architecture and Environment (SAE) within the College of Design. SAE includes the Department of Architecture (Eugene and Portland), the Interior Architecture Program (Eugene), the Department of Landscape Architecture (Eugene), and the Historic Preservation Program (Portland). The School is a place of cooperation, association, and mutual interest in the history, theory, teaching, and practice of place-making and the arts. For more information, see: At present the Portland Architecture Program includes approximately 75 students (60 graduate and 15 undergraduate students). The Program is part of a Department of Architecture that confers professional degrees at the bachelors (BArch) and masters (MArch) levels as well as a post-professional Master of Science in Architecture. The Department also offers a Ph.D. (Eugene-only). Many of the master’s students in Portland pursue specializations in Urban Architecture & Urban Design and Historic Preservation as they work toward their professional architecture degrees.


Students study in the renovated, historic White Stag Block, where studios and workspaces overlook Waterfront Park on the Willamette River. The building houses a university library and provides access to the collections of more than 30 additional libraries. The Shop, Fab Lab and output room provide ample opportunities for material investigation, experimentation, and effective representation.

Through research, teaching and community engagement, the UO Portland Architecture Program is committed to advancing a dialogue about the future of architecture and the future of the city. In a context of rapid urbanization, climate change, transforming economies, emerging technologies, growing inequalities, and other challenges affecting the city, we believe the potential impact and value of design has never been greater. The Program maintains robust partnerships with agencies and professionals both within and beyond architecture (and both within and beyond Portland). We work with collaborators in addressing real world problems while envisioning new possibilities for design and for making cities better. And while we utilize the City of Portland as an urban lab, we are interested in comparative urbanism and the conditions and challenges experienced by cities around the world and the design opportunities these open up.


Attracting students from all over the country and all over the world, the Program values diverse viewpoints and instills in a next generation of urban architects and designers the competencies and ethics necessary for them to assume leadership roles as practitioners and thinkers in a context of change. As part of a research-focused institution, we recognize how research skills complement design skills and the ways communities benefit through our impactful, applied research pertaining to the design of buildings and cities.

Position Summary The Portland Architecture Program, University of Oregon, is seeking applications for a full-time (6 month) visiting professor position to begin December 16, 2018 with a focus on the practice of architectural and urban design. The position ends on June 15, 2019, with the possibility of renewal for the following academic year. This position is open to early career applicants and to established professionals or academics.


The visiting professor will teach two courses per term (two studios and two seminars over the winter and spring 2019 quarters; note the spring urban design studio is taught collaboratively) and will also contribute to the service mission of the Portland Program (helping to organize lectures and other events for example). The courses will focus on the intersection of architectural and urban design and issues pertaining to the contemporary city (this may include ways of addressing impacts of climate change and of engaging and supporting diverse communities in advancing goals of social and environmental justice). These studios and seminars involve participation of both (MArch) and undergraduate (BArch) students. Our vertically integrated studios and our quarter system allow for a rich array of topical problems to be addressed and for faculty members to develop and teach a range of projects related to their own expertise.



Search Criteria

•How well does the candidate’s experience in teaching and/or professional practice align with the needs stated in the position summary above? Will the candidate be able to effectively teach design and design-related topics?

•Does the candidate have demonstrated ability or potential to integrate insights from an multiple disciplines now informing architectural and urban design practice in the studio and classroom?

•Does the candidate have demonstrated ability or potential to collaborative effectively and to support and enhance a diverse learning and working environment?

•Does the candidate have demonstrated ability or potential to address contemporary imperatives of sustainability? (We have a rich tradition of leadership in this area)

Minimum Requirements • A terminal degree in Architecture or related field • Previous teaching and/or practice experience

Preferred Qualifications •Preferred qualifications: professional licensure



The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit

The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA. The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status.

UO prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in all programs, activities and employment practices as required by Title IX, other applicable laws, and policies. Retaliation is prohibited by UO policy. Questions may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity, or to the Office for Civil Rights. Contact information, related policies, and complaint procedures are listed on the statement of non-discrimination. In compliance with federal law, the University of Oregon prepares an annual report on campus security and fire safety programs and services. The Annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report is available online at

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