Visiting Research Assistant Professor (non-tenure track) - Tulane School of Architecture

Position Description

The Tulane School of Architecture seeks a full-time research assistant at the rank of Visiting Assistant Professor (non-tenure track) to advance the scholarship of the School’s URBANbuild program. This faculty position is being considered for fall 2019.

URBANbuild is one of Tulane’s flagship design/build programs focusing on the development of affordable single-family homes in New Orleans. For the past 15 years post-Katrina, fourteen prototypes have been designed and constructed by student teams.

While most projects are located in the Central City neighborhood of New Orleans, future initiatives may include the expansion in scale of projects as well as proposals for urban sites in Greater New Orleans and beyond.

Successful candidates should demonstrate capacity to work both in an academic setting and on a construction site.  In addition to advancing the research agenda of URBANbuild through scholarly publications and grant proposals, the Research Assistant Professor will co-teach a fall semester Research Studio (6-cr) and co-direct the spring semester construction of a single-family home (12-cr). During the spring semester, a full-scale dwelling is constructed by students in only 16-weeks, under the careful supervision of program directors. As the pace of construction often demands a rigorous schedule that may require weekend and holiday hours, priority will be given to candidates who have proven dedication to prior design/build projects.



Candidates must have a terminal degree in architecture. Prior design/build experience at the scale of residential fabrication is strongly preferred.


Roles and Responsibilities:

Regarding roles related to research activities, the applicant must demonstrate ability to:

  • Pursue funding sources and opportunities

  • Recognize and re-evaluate construction industry standards

  • Direct research focused on progressive technological fabrication methods

  • Work collaboratively with students, faculty and community partners

  • Communicate and collaborate with material providers, systems providers, city and state review agencies

  • Coordinate the use of essential software: Revit, AutoCAD, Rhino, InDesign, Photoshop, etc.

  • Collect, organize and graphically represent program content and research

  • Produce peer-reviewed publications in academic and professional journals

Regarding roles related to the production of contract documents and construction activities, the applicant must have direct experience and familiarity with:

  • The IRC and common municipal zoning restrictions

  • Common residential construction means and methods

  • The development and oversight of construction budgets

  • Common construction site safety practices

  • The repair and maintenance of construction tools and equipment

  • Candidates will be required to have a transportation vehicle.


Application Instructions:

Applicants should submit the following materials:

1. Curriculum Vitae

2. Statement of intent indicating teaching, professional, and scholarly interests.

3. List of 3 references with email addresses and telephone numbers

4. A portfolio demonstrating professional accomplishments and students' work if applicable. 

Please submit up to three pdf files (10.0MB/20 pages max each).

PDF-1: images of design work / professional achievements; PDF-2 sample of student work; PDF-3 sample syllabi and other evidence of teaching excellence.

The search committee will commence its initial screening of applications on September 1, 2019. Applications will be accepted and reviewed until the position is filled.


Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

Tulane University is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action/persons with disabilities/veterans employer committed to excellence through diversity. Tulane will not discriminate against individuals with disabilities or veterans. All eligible candidates are encouraged to apply.



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