Architectural Urbanism (1-2 positions)
A search is open for one or two faculty positions in architectural urbanism at the rank of assistant professor, associate professor without tenure, or associate professor with tenure.
At this very moment, the Department of Architecture is searching for colleagues with a demonstrable talent and passion for the making and teaching of an architectural approach about problems of contemporary urban development, as well as the capacity to work within a vigorous research environment. The creation of a new Center for Advanced Urbanism displays growing focus within the School of Architecture and Planning at MIT on design culture in relation to urbanism.
Dedicated to a humanistic and technologically sophisticated vision of design, MIT’s department of Architecture is uniquely positioned in a larger institution that strongly supports innovation and entrepreneurial activity. The structure of the Department of Architecture itself is unique in that each of the five disciplines (Design, History Theory & Criticism, Building Technology, Visual Arts, Computation) work at equal intensity throughout the department, creating an environment in which depth of knowledge and innovative research and scholarship fuse with the pedagogical agendas of the studios and ongoing design inquiry. Given this context, the Department of Architecture is explicitly committed to excellence in both pedagogical and research activities.
Urbanism faculty are part of the design faculty group, and will be expected to contribute to both studio culture in the graduate and urbanism postgraduate degree programs, as well as to initiate cutting-edge collaborative research in the Center for Advanced Urbanism. Collaboration with colleagues in urban planning, as well as in engineering and other adjacent fields, will be welcomed. Believing that such an intersection creates a charged atmosphere for study and a critical edge for research, we seek candidates with an ability to thrive within this context. We seek candidates also with the character and energy to participate in the intellectual life of the department.
Primary criteria for the position are proven excellence in the field of architectural design, urban design, and the design of infrastructures with experience in teaching design studios and strong promise of significant creative achievement in the field through design work, design inquiry, professional practice, or a combination thereof. Special emphasis will be given to candidates capable of translating their design positions and work into theoretical and historical scholarship. Beyond the development of the design curriculum, candidates should be able to demonstrate the potential to make a contribution to the development of histories and theories of urban projects. Collaboration with peers in adjacent fields, particularly in the urban planning department, will be encouraged and a track record of a history of cross-disciplinary collaboration will be considered as helpful.
Application requirements: Initial screening is based on letter of interest that includes a list of three current references with complete contact information, curriculum vitae, and a ten-page 8-1/2x11 hardcopy non-returnable portfolio of design work. We will begin reviewing applications April 15, 2013 with the intention of hiring for September 2013.
Please indicate in your letter of interest the position for which you are applying and send all materials to: Chair, Architectural Urbanism Search Committee, MIT Department of Architecture, Room 7-337, 77 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139
MIT is committed to building a culturally diverse educational environment; women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply. EOE.
GIS, Data Visualization and Graphics Specialist
Position: Full time one-year position as a Geographical Information Systems, Data Visualization and Graphics Specialist starting July 2013. This is a 12-month appointment with the possibility of extension pending funding approval.
Description: The Department of Urban Studies and Planning at the School of Architecture and Planning, MIT is seeking a full-time staff person to assist with various GIS, data visualization and graphics training needs of the department. The staff/specialist will assist faculty and students across the school with GIS, Data Visualization, graphics and media related projects. The Specialist will provide teaching support which includes: GIS instruction and visualizations and related media and graphic representation skills; assisting with the development of GIS courses, maintaining website for dissemination of tutorials, and coordinating data for teaching and research. The Specialist will also work closely with the School’s Computer Resource Organization's Name (CRON) to ensure coordination and compatibility with the School and Institute software and hardware.
Minimum Qualifications: A graduate (master’s) degree in planning, architecture, landscape architecture, geography or related fields is required. Minimum 2 years of professional experience using GIS in a professional or research environment. We are especially interested in candidates that can demonstrate familiarity with the connection between design and social sciences. Candidates should be able to create compelling visuals while also understanding the statistical underpinnings of the data. Candidate should be familiar with database systems, such as MsAccess and MySQL, and comfortable working with statistical packages. While the main focus of the work will be using ESRI products, we are also looking for candidates that have familiarity with recent open source mapping tools, such as Quantum GIS, Mapbox and TileMill. Ability to use Adobe Creative Suite and knowledge of web site development is also essential.
Applicants should submit a letter of intent with description of prior experience and include a few paragraphs describing their work, curriculum vitae, a maximum 20 page digital portfolio (not to exceed 10MB) of work examples and two references with contact information.
Review of applications will begin March 20 and continue until position is filled.
Please send all materials electronically in pdf format to:
Massachusetts Institute of Technology 9-528
77 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02139
MIT is dedicated to building a culturally diverse and pluralistic community and strongly encourages applications from members of under- represented groups and women. MIT is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.