Tenured or Tenure Track Openings


The School of Architecture at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY Institute is expanding its professional undergraduate and graduate programs, and seeks qualified candidates to fill three (3) tenured or tenure track positions at the level of Assistant or Associate Professor. Selected candidates are expected to assume their responsibilities at Rensselaer no later than Fall 2017.

Building Technology Position

This faculty member will provide expertise in fundamental and advanced architectural and environmental design/technology instruction at both undergraduate and graduate levels, and will offer seminars, design studios and/or lecture courses related to the candidate’s specific area of expertise. The incumbent will advance architectural knowledge through creative contemporary design practice, environmental systems, emerging energy systems, or sustainable building technology, while being mindful of the discipline’s diverse challenges.  The successful candidate will play a significant role in a collaborative faculty initiative to champion the important reciprocity between emergent and performance-driven design, and will assist directly in the development and success of the Building Science Program.  Administrative experience will be a plus. Combining an interest in both the art and science of architecture, the faculty member will contribute to the school’s commitment to creating next-generation built environments based upon interdisciplinary research relationships with faculty in the other schools at Rensselaer.  There may be opportunities for the successful candidate to engage in teaching/research at CASE, the Center for Architecture, Science and Ecology that is based in Manhattan and serves as a next-generation research center for the school of Architecture.

Architectural Design / Architectural Sciences Position

This faculty member will provide expertise as an instructor and researcher, and will be engaged in growing the research enterprise of CASE, the Center for Architecture, Science and Ecology.  Based in Manhattan, CASE is an Institute-wide research consortium that includes interdisciplinary collaborators from a wide range of disciplines, both within the academy and from industry with an emphasis on the design and invention of transformative building systems and strategies.  We are seeking candidates who have expertise in one or more of the following areas:  architectural design, product/industrial design, building systems, advanced technologies or building structures, material technologies, intelligent building systems, environmental design and technology, and computational design and technology.  The candidate will be expected to show potential for substantial creative contribution as demonstrated by scholarly research, publications, awards and exhibitions in the area of novel architectural systems design.  Established competence as a collaborator on large complex research teams is preferred.  Administrative experience will be a plus.

Teaching responsibilities will include graduate and undergraduate courses and student advisement; research opportunities will be interdisciplinary. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to take advantage of Rensselaer’s extensive resources, and can expect to have responsibilities at both the New York City and Troy, NY, locations.

Architectural Design Development Position

This faculty member will provide expertise in fundamental and advanced architectural design and technology instruction at both the undergraduate and graduate level, and will contribute significantly to the undergraduate and graduate professional programs.  The successful candidate will have substantial professional experience in a leading position of a successful architecture practice, as well as a record of research/scholarship.  Ideally, the candidate has a professional registration as an architect.  Additionally, the successful candidate may have the opportunity to assume administrative/leadership responsibilities in the School of Architecture.  Administrative experience will be a plus.

General Criteria

For all positions, duties and responsibilities include teaching both core and elective courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels, and continuing in the development of one’s research/scholarship activities.  Successful candidates will contribute substantially to the intellectual content of the undergraduate and graduate architectural curricula, and will sustain a substantial research and scholarly enterprise that is linked to the innovative practice of architecture.

Candidates seeking appointment at the level of Assistant (tenure-track) Professor must have completed a terminal degree (Master’s, Doctorate, or foreign degree equivalent) in architecture or a closely related field.  Degree requirements must be complete at the start of the appointment.  Candidates must be engaged in pursuing a record of design, scholarly research and/or nationally recognized journals that demonstrate a contribution to the teaching or practice of architecture.  Candidates also must be able to demonstrate promise of success as an educator.

Candidates seeking appointment at the rank of Associate (tenured) Professor must meet the educational requirements for the rank of Assistant Professor, and must meet the requirements for tenure at Rensselaer.  Candidates for Associate Professor must demonstrate the following experiences as typically seen in five or more years of post-graduate experience:  an emerging national reputation in research and/or scholarship; a significant record of quality educational activities, such as teaching evaluations; and a substantial level of service to their home institution and profession.  Exceptional candidates who meet the Associate Professor qualifications who have 10 or more years of progressively exceptional related experiences may be considered at the rank of full professor.

Application Instructions

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis; applicants are strongly encouraged to submit no later than January 1, 2017, when the Search Committee will initiate its review process.

To apply for any of the positions, please send the following documents to the address below:

  • Cover Letter addressing the qualifications noted above
  • Curriculum vitae
  • One-page statement on research
  • One-page statement on teaching
  • Portfolio in PDF format, no more than 10 pages
  • Names, titles, and contact information of three individuals who will provide letters of recommendation
  • Applicants for Associate Professor positions must also send 3 years of teaching evaluation documents.

Materials may be submitted electronically to: , or by mail to:

School of Architecture Search Committee
c/o  Pamela Zepf, Executive Assistant – Greene 115
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
110 8th St.
Troy, NY  12180-3590


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Evan Douglis, Professor


School of Architecture
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Troy, NY 12180 - USA

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