Architecture Assistant Professsor Search


University of New Mexico, School of Architecture + Planning,
Department of Architecture
Assistant Professor of Architecture

The UNM Department of Architecture seeks applicants for an Assistant Professor of Architecture. We invite applications for a full-time faculty position at the level of Assistant Professor probationary appointment, leading to a tenure decision. Applications received on or before January 7, 2022 will have best consideration. The positions will remain open until filled. The appointment commences August, 2022.

The successful candidate will teach two architectural design studios during the academic year (one graduate and one undergraduate), as well as a required lecture/seminar course in our curriculum, and a seminar focused on their scholarly or research agenda.

We seek applicants that have a demonstrated capacity for critical inquiry into architectural design issues as they apply to a broad range of changing global conditions including, but not limited to, culture, climate, society, and technology. We seek applicants that have an emerging record of excellence in teaching and a creative research/practice agenda.

UNM is New Mexico’s flagship research institution, and the largest university in the state. Founded in 1889, UNM offers bachelors, masters, doctoral and professional degree programs in a wide variety of fields. UNM is categorized as a Research 1 / RU/VH Research University (very high research activity) in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, and is home to two MacArthur Fellows, and more than 40 Fulbright Scholars. A diverse university with a wide variety of cultures and ethnicities are represented among the faculty, staff and students, it is also a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) as defined by the Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities.

The University of New Mexico is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class.

The Department of Architecture offers a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, with three concentrations: Pre-Professional Architecture, Design Studies, and Landscape Architecture.  We also offer an accredited professional Master of Architecture degree and a non-professional Master of Science in Architecture degree with a research-oriented concentration in Public Health & the Built Environment, Historic Preservation and Regionalism, Climate Change and the Built Environment, and Culture, Politics and the Built Environment.

Other degree programs in the School include the Master of Community & Regional Planning, Master of Landscape Architecture and Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Planning & Design, along with two graduate certificate programs: Historic Preservation and Regionalism, and Urban Innovation. The School has been involved in public interest design for over fifty years.  The UNM Design and Planning Assistance Center (DPAC) works with communities to address complex challenges.  The DPAC graduate studio works with community leaders or stakeholders to ensure their needs are understood and respected.

The Department of Architecture has a strong reputation for providing a quality education, focusing on relevant 21st century issues. The US Department of Education’s College Scorecard illustrates that UNM is one of the most affordable universities to study architecture at the graduate or undergraduate level. Recent alumni are working in notable firms (SHoP Architects, Lake | Flato, Gensler, etc.), as well as in leading firms practicing in New Mexico. Our students regularly participate in competitions, and often win or place.

The Department of Architecture is housed in the award-winning George Pearl Hall, designed by architect Antoine Predock, a former UNM student and current professor of practice. In addition to the spacious, naturally lit design studio spaces, the school has two computer labs for group teaching, and a Fab Lab.

Albuquerque, the largest city in New Mexico, is located along the Rio Grande, adjacent to the Sandia Mountains. A high desert city, the climate is mild most of the year. One can participate in a full range of outdoor activities year-round. Albuquerque is an inclusive, diverse city with a fabulous climate, low-cost lifestyle, and excellent outdoor recreation.

Minimum Qualifications:

1) A NAAB accredited professional Architecture degree, or international equivalent.

2) An advanced degree at the Masters or Doctorate level.

3) Architectural Design teaching experience as the instructor of record (minimum of two design studios).

4) Two years’ work experience under a registered architect.

Preferred Qualifications: 

1) Demonstration of excellence in design studio teaching and research related to one of the following:

  • Beginning design / fundamentals
  • Digital representation and visualization techniques and their integration across the curriculum.
  • Environmental design, climate change, and/or sustainable urbanism and the integration of digital climate design tools.
  • Decolonizing, feminist, antiracist or non-heteronormative methods.


2) Evidence of innovation in research and /or design through an independent practice.

3) Architectural Registration.

4) A demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and student success, as well as working with broadly diverse communities.

To submit an application, please visit the UNMJobs website and reference Requisition # 17711 

Application Requirements: Applicants are required to submit the following through UNMJobs: 1) a 2-4 page letter of interest stating specific teaching and research interests; 2) curriculum vitae; 3) the name, address, telephone number and e-mail address of three references; 4) a short design portfolio, with a maximum of 25 pages, as an optimized PDF file; 5) a short teaching portfolio of student design work with a maximum of 15 pages, as an optimized PDF file. Applicants are also encouraged to submit one or two examples of academic scholarship. The search committee has the option to ask candidates to provide additional design or scholarly work.

Applicants who are appointed to a UNM continuing faculty position are required to provide an official certification of successful completion of all degree requirements prior to their initial employment with UNM. UNM’s confidentiality policy “Disclosure of Information about Candidates for Employment,” UNM Board of Regents’ Policy Manual 6.7, which includes information about public disclosure of documents submitted by applicants.  New Mexico has a rich and varied culture, and qualified candidates from all underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. EEO/AA