Assistant Professor in the history and theory of architecture

The School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (SALA) at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver), seeks a full-time tenure track Assistant Professor in the history and theory of architecture to begin July 1, 2019.  We seek an innovative scholar and teacher able to bring critical historiographical and theoretical perspectives in architecture to a vigorous, mostly graduate design education community in which history and theory are core competencies crucial to design thinking and method. 

The successful candidate will pursue a significant and productive research and scholarship agenda, teach an innovative suite of history/theory courses and contribute service to the School, University and community. Ideally, the candidate's teaching, research and scholarships will contribute to academic themes and priorities of the University and the School.

Teaching assignments associated with this position include architectural history courses central to a reconfigured history/theory curriculum in which hybrid lecture / discussion / seminar course formats link particular topics defined by faculty to broader historical themes and methodologies. 

Candidates must hold a Ph.D. degree in architectural history or a related field at time of appointment and have successfully taught history and theory courses to students of architecture. 

Preference will be given to candidates able to complement but not duplicate existing teaching and research strengths in the School and to those able to engage with, and contribute to, the design and interdisciplinary culture of the School. This latter preference would include candidates also holding M. Arch. or B. Arch. degrees or, otherwise able to demonstrate evidence of productive engagement with professional design education and practice. 

To apply

Submit a cover letter, curriculum vita, research statement, a representative but focused selection of research and scholarship work (maximum 20 pages / 10 MB), examples of previously taught course syllabi or proposals (maximum 3), and contact information for three references online at UBC Careers

Apply here

Candidates proceeding to later stages of review and interview will be asked to supplement these documents as appropriate.  Applicants will also be asked to complete an equity survey: Participation in the survey is voluntary and anonymous and the information will not be used to determine eligibility for employment. 

Application deadline 

15 November 2018 or until the position is filled 


For further information about the School and the search process contact Ronald Kellett, Chair, Search Committee and Director, SALA

For further information about the architectural history and theory curriculum contact Dr. Sara Stevens, Assistant Professor in architectural and urban design history, SALA

All UBC faculty are unionized and represented by a UBC Faculty Association

About Vancouver

UBC is located in Vancouver, British Columbia, a dynamic growing urban region of approximately 2.5 million on the west coast of Canada. A gateway to the Pacific Rim, Vancouver is recognized for its quality of life and environment, commitment to sustainability and related progressive practices in architecture, urban design, and landscape architecture. The region offers a dramatic natural context of urban and suburban settlements and landscapes that offer provocative laboratories for the study of architecture and urban design history. 

About UBC

The University of British Columbia is a growing tier one research university of over 50,000 students and 5,000 faculty ranked among the top twenty universities in the world and the top three in Canada. The campus is recognized for its global leadership in planning, design, infrastructure, operations, research, teaching and learning related to sustainability and well-being. 

About SALA 

The School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture is a close-knit and collaborative academic community of approximately 300 students and 24 faculty. We offer accredited graduate professional degree programs in architecture, a top ranked program in Canada, and landscape architecture, post-professional graduate programs in urban design and high-performance buildings, and an undergraduate program in environmental design. The School is known for its commitment to quality design education directed toward the urgent human and environmental issues of our times, and to the artful integration of the built and natural environment across scales. The School engages these themes through many academic and research interactions with the 'living laboratories' of UBC campus, the Vancouver metropolitan region, and our associated professional communities.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence.  An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged.  We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person. 

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.