IDEAS Urban Strategy Studio Lecturer

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Employer:
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Fri, Aug 2 '19Posted on:

UCLA Architecture and Urban Design seeks a lecturer to co-teach with lead instructor Jeffrey Inaba for the 2019-2020 academic year in the IDEAS Urban Strategy Studio at our IDEAS campus near Culver City.

UCLA Architecture and Urban Design’s IDEAS campus is an incubator for cross-disciplinary design research, and the exclusive location for our post-professional program. The program is a one-year course that leads to a Master of Architecture II degree (M.Arch.II). Students and faculty work with industry and nonprofit partners across entertainment, media, technology and urban strategy to consider how emerging developments in these industries might impact the built environment. By engaging with experts from other fields, we have the opportunity to expand architecture’s field of influence and leverage design to propose alternative, more intelligent futures.

IDEAS Urban Strategy Studio: LAND 

Land – as in land ownership, land development, land planning, endangered land, land disasters, land scarcity, and land redevelopment – is the bottom-line story of Los Angeles as a city. From its settlement to its series of expansions and finally its densification, reimagining the land has been the vehicle for the city to grow. 

One of the most remarkable attempts is Olmsted and Bartholomew’s 1930 plan to create an emerald necklace of parks from the Pacific Ocean through Downtown LA to the Santa Monica and San Gabriel Mountains along the path of the LA River, transforming the land from a handful of disparate municipalities into a new regional geography of open spaces connected by transportation corridors. The ambitious proposal to give LA’s land an urban culture before it had one resonates today as plans for the LA River have prompted discussions about knitting the region together through a series of linked landscapes and urban attractors.

The yearlong Urban Strategy studio will take the Olmsted and Bartholomew plan as a source of inspiration to imagine the future of Los Angeles at a broad regional scale. As LAND suggests, the studio will work with partners that have a stake in LA’s land, including real estate investors, urban planners, community organizations, and companies with large land holdings.

The design proposals will look at three aspects of future LANDs:

  1. Nature – rather than battle nature to build, we’ll use it as a medium to grow the city using geography, landscape, and inclusive habitats

  2. Climate – because the land is changing we’ll design infrastructure and urban areas that improve the quality of life in a world of climate risk

  3. New building types - the rising value of land means architects will need to create new types of buildings whose urban spaces make the best use of limited area in a city reluctant to densify
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UCLA is seeking to fill a one-year lecturer appointment to co-teach this curriculum under the curricular direction and supervision of Jeffrey Inaba. This position reports to the Chair of UCLA Architecture and Urban Design.

The lecturer’s primary responsibility is to co-teach/teach courses that support the research endeavors of the lead instructor, developing new seminars in support of the research. Specific responsibilities include:

  • Under the leadership of the lead faculty, co-teach the IDEAS Urban Strategy Studio
  • Under the leadership of lead faculty, teach two Technology Seminars
  • Prepare and deliver lectures and tutorials

The ideal candidate will have experience with teaching graduate level architecture studios and or seminars. Candidates with clear communications skills capable of making difficult concepts understandable and accessible is important. Experience and facility with a variety of digital modeling tools is a requirement. The primary criteria for this position are a proven clear design sensibility and the ability to communicate plainly and critically with the students and faculty. The year-long studio requires an awareness of contemporary culture in general and in particular trends in urbanization, mobility and infrastructure technology. We anticipate this appointment to be a one-year lecturer position for the period October 2019 to June 2020.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Advanced degree (M. Arch or equivalent) in architecture 
  • Prior experience teaching design
  • Background in architecture and/or urban design

Additional Desired Experience: 

  • 3D modeling applications 
  • Animation and video production
  • 3D fabrication and model making

Job Location: 

  • Los Angeles, CA

Application Requirements: 

  • Curriculum Vitae (Required)
  • Letter of Intent with a statement of teaching (Required)
  • Statement of Contributions to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (Required)
  • Statement on Contributions to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion - An EDI Statement describes a faculty candidate’s past, present, and future (planned) contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion. To learn more about how UCLA thinks about contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion, please review our Sample Guidance for Candidates and related EDI Statement FAQ document.
  • Misc / additional links to relevant videos and web content (optional)


  • 3-5 references required (Contact information only) (Names, phone numbers, email addresses of three references who can provide a knowledgeable evaluation of the applicant’s qualifications)

The School of the Arts and Architecture is committed to building a more diverse faculty, staff, and student body in response to the changing population and educational needs of the City of Los Angeles, State of California, and the nation. The Department of Architecture and Urban Design values intellectual, cultural, and creative inquiry. Personal qualities such as originality and initiative are important assets that will contribute to a successful application. Applicants who would make meaningful and unique contributions to the intellectual and social interchanges within the profession are especially encouraged to apply.

UCLA welcomes and encourages diversity and seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the people of California, to maintain the excellence of the University, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning. The department is seeking outstanding candidates with the potential for exceptional research, and excellence in teaching, and also a clear commitment to enhancing the diversity of the faculty, graduate student population, and of the majors in the School of Arts and Architecture.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:


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