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Harvard University Professor, Associate Professor or Professor in Practice of Urban Design in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Title Professor, Associate Professor or Professor in Practice of Urban Design

School Harvard Graduate School of Design

Department/Area Urban Planning and Design

Position Description

The Department of Urban Planning and Design at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design ( GSD ) is searching for a distinguished practitioner and/or scholar at the full professorial level in urban design, or a candidate with superior attainment and strong promise at the associate professorial level. Of particular interest are candidates who are designers capable of knowledgeable and quality synthesis and inclusion of a broad range of concerns and factors involved in the production and construction of urban environments. These should include matters of social justice like reducing economic and social inequality, minimizing the effects of constructed development on climate change and other forms of anthropocentric ecological impact, as well as concerns for spatial formation, organizing sustainable mobility and dealing with typo-morphological and related changes in urban conditions. Candidates should be willing to push methodological boundaries of the field of urban design through digital design platforms including spatial analytical techniques, parametric design, and other modes of representation. Candidates must also be willing to engage in constructive dialogue with colleagues in other disciplines at the GSD and across the university. Additionally, they must be capable of engaging in design research in connection with fields of architecture, landscape architecture, planning, the social sciences and the humanities.

Basic Qualifications

Candidates should have significant experience in design studio instruction and hold an advanced degree in urban design, architecture or landscape architecture.

Additional Qualifications

Special Instructions

For the required statement of teaching philosophy, please describe your pedagogical approach, including how you would approach teaching students across disciplines and departments in the context of design and/or planning education, in no more than two pages.

For the required statement of diversity, inclusion, and belonging, please address the following question in no more than two pages:

Given the geographic diversity represented in the GSD community, and our commitment to anti-racism and inclusion, how do you approach pedagogy and mentoring for a student cohort that is diverse across multiple dimensions including but not limited to nationality, ethnicity, race, religion, and gender identity?

Candidates should submit names and contact information for a minimum of 3 referees. Candidates will be notified regarding requests for recommendation letters during the short list phase of the recruitment process.

Applications will be reviewed beginning September 15, 2021.

Contact Information

Charis Talcott, Faculty Affairs Coordinator

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Equal Opportunity Employer

Additional Information about the GSD :

Harvard University is an equal opportunity employer; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions or any other characteristic protected by law. Additionally, as underscored by our school’s Community Values Statement ( , the GSD is committed to diversity and inclusion within our community, which is representative of individuals from varied abilities, backgrounds, beliefs, cultures, identities, races, lived experiences, and perspectives.

We especially welcome applications from members of historically underrepresented groups and candidates with experience teaching and working with diverse communities and students.

Additional Information about the Department:

Composed of internationally experienced scholars and practitioners, the Department’s faculty explores the built environment from diverse disciplinary backgrounds and points of view. The Department’s pedagogically innovative combination of interdisciplinary studios, lecture courses, seminars, and independent study, coupled with a relatively small student size of roughly 180 individuals drawn from around the world, creates an intimate, engaged educational atmosphere in which students thrive and learn.

The Department’s embrace of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging is built on the firm conviction that both classroom and community experiences are enriched by creating space for multiple perspectives to be surfaced, understood, and valued. Such conditions produce optimal learning environments and healthy interpersonal relationships. The Department is committed to translating these values into its programmatic policies, practices, pedagogy and methods of engagement in classroom settings, with one another, and the world outside the GSD . We believe that if we insist on a diversity of voices among ourselves, our students will insist on a diversity of voices in the processes and outcomes of their professional work.

Minimum Number of References Required 3

Maximum Number of References Allowed 5

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