Research Associate

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Cambridge, MA, USLocation:
Fri, Oct 25 '19Posted on:

The Office for Urbanization at the Harvard Graduate School of Design is hiring one or more full-time research associates to contribute to their applied design research projects. Working under the direction of Charles Waldheim, and in collaboration with the Office for Urbanization staff, research associates are responsible for developing applied design research projects on a range of urban sites and subjects. Candidates for this appointment(s) are expected to be professionally trained and experienced in one of the design disciplines (architecture, landscape architecture, urban design), and to hold a Master’s degree in one or more of those areas in the English language. Candidates should show proficiency in the description and development of urban form across various representational platforms. Candidates should have experience in digital modeling and relational urban modeling (including Rhino and Grasshopper), and be highly skilled in representation at the urban and landscape scales. Some experience with or exposure to coding is desirable (such as experience with C#) although not required. Primary responsibilities include digital modeling of urban form in relation to ecological parameters, and the representation of urban form and ecological processes. Additional responsibilities include primary and secondary research on related topics in relevant literature, the curation of precedents and references, the design and production of research reports, the development of exhibition materials, and the writing and editing of texts in English and/or Mandarin. Fluency in written and spoken English is required; fluency in written and spoken Mandarin or written and spoken Spanish is desirable, although not required.

Qualifications include:  

  • English language Master’s degree in one or more of the design discipline(s) (architecture, landscape architecture, urban design) from Harvard GSD or equivalent;
  • At least one year of professional practice and/or design research experience in modeling and representation of urban form and ecological processes;
  • Proficiency in digital modeling and relational urban planning workflows (i.e. Rhino and Grasshopper, etc.) and representation of urban form and ecological processes. 

This is a full-time position as a member of the research staff of the Harvard GSD for 6 to 12 months, to begin January 1, 2020, with the possibility of renewal. Compensation and benefits are dependent upon experience and qualifications, as defined by GSD policies. 


If interested, please send a letter of intent, CV, and portfolio to Christina Burkot, OFU Research Programs Administrator, at

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