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Head, Department of Architecture Winnipeg, Canada 

Head, Department of Architecture

University of Manitoba

The Faculty of Architecture invites applications for the Head of the Department of Architecture beginning July 1, 2015 for a five year term and renewable subject to favourable review. The incumbent will be appointed to a tenure track or tenured at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor, commensurate with qualifications and experience.

THE OPPORTUNITY: The Faculty of Architecture seeks a person who will inspire and advance the pedagogy and research of the Department in relation to the strategic plan of the Faculty and University. This is an opportunity for an individual to work in a dynamic academic environment who is dedicated to the pursuit of architectural excellence through teaching, scholarship, professional and community involvement.

Candidates must possess a professional degree in architecture, as well as a post-professional degree in architecture or related field. Those holding a Ph.D and/or professional architectural registration are encouraged to apply.

A record of excellence in teaching, scholarship, research and/or practice is essential. Consistent with our pedagogy, an understanding of ‘design as research’ and the studio environment as the context for design innovation is desirable. The successful candidate will work collegially: to strengthen pedagogical goals and program ambitions; to foster student involvement; to support existing and new research agendas including funding opportunities; to advance partnerships with the university, the profession, industry, and with other architecture programs nationally and internationally; and to promote the Department both here and abroad.

A record of academic administrative experience is essential. We seek a person who is a team builder and collaborator, who is approachable and can communicate effectively with faculty, staff, and students. He/she will work administratively: to provide academic leadership, personnel management and fiscal accountability to the Department, the Dean’s office and the University; to engage the other disciplines in the Faculty; and to liaise with the profession, the community and with allied research and industry partners.

THE DEPARTMENT OF ARCHITECTURE: We are an energetic and diverse group of professors, instructors and practitioners who are committed to integrating design education with active scholarship and practice cultures. Our program and research address: design excellence; social and environmental sustainability; flood architecture; interdisciplinary explorations; rural to urban design; northern and First Nations communities; historical contexts and theoretical questions; technological and materials/construction innovation; new media; and community engagement. Emerging areas of integrated practices and globalization are also of interest to us.

We actively seek closer links with other disciplines and research units in our university including collaborations with the Faculties of Arts, Engineering, Environment, Earth and Resources, and Fine Arts among others. We also have established links with other universities and research organizations nationally and internationally. The professional program in Architecture is fully accredited by the Canadian Architectural Certification Board (CACB).

THE FACULTY OF ARCHITECTURE AND THE COMMUNITY: The Faculty is comprised of an undergraduate Environmental Design Program, four accredited professional programmes in Architecture, City Planning, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, and a recently established Ph.D. in Planning and Design. The University of Manitoba is a doctoral/research institution with 30,000 students and 9,000 faculty and staff. Winnipeg is a vibrant Prairie city of 700,000 with a rich architectural history and a remarkable range of arts and cultural institutions. Venues such as Storefront MB, The Winnipeg Architecture Foundation and RAW Gallery actively promote design issues in the city and beyond.

Application Details

The University of Manitoba is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace. Applications are encouraged from qualified applicants including members of visible minorities, Indigenous peoples, people with disabilities, people of all sexual orientations and genders, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of the university. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. Additional information on the Faculty and Department is available at http:/   

Applicants are invited to submit a curriculum vitae, a cover letter including statements of interest, expertise and pedagogical philosophy, a teaching dossier, a portfolio, and the names of three (3) references. Applications will be considered beginning October 1, 2014 and will be open until the position is filled. Interviews of short-listed candidates will commence in late Fall 2014. Application materials, including letters of reference, will be handled in accordance with the “Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act” (Manitoba).

Applications (hard copy or PDF) and inquiries should carry the reference “Head of Architecture Search Committee, Position Number BA068/18425” and be addressed to:

Ralph Stern, Dean, Faculty of Architecture and Chair

Architecture Headship Search Committee, Faculty of Architecture

201 Russell Building, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada  R3T 2N2

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