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Harvard University Professor of Urban Design and/or Urban Planning in Cambridge, Massachusetts


Title Professor of Urban Design and/or Urban Planning

School Harvard Graduate School of Design

Department/Area Urban Planning and Design

Position Description

The Harvard Graduate School of Design ( GSD ) seeks to appoint a senior tenured professor in the fields of urban design and/or urban planning. Candidates must exhibit excellence in scholarship and/or practice in urban design and/or urban planning as they relate to the built environment. In addition, the successful candidate will be expected to play a significant leadership role in the Department of Urban Planning and Design and to teach studio and other courses in the core curricula of the Master in Urban Planning ( or the Master of Architecture/Landscape Architecture in Urban Design.

To best engage contemporary urban challenges in the United States and globally, this position is part of a cluster of hires ( currently being undertaken by the Department of Urban Planning and Design.

Applications will be reviewed immediately until the position is filled.

Information about the GSD and Department of Urban Planning and Design:

In the pursuit of more productive, equitable, sustainable, and appealing built and natural environments, the Harvard University Graduate School of Design ( GSD ) offers a dynamic setting for the exchange of ideas across the fields of urban planning, urban design, real estate, architecture, landscape architecture, design studies, and design engineering.

Composed of internationally experienced scholars and practitioners, the Urban Planning and Design Department ( ’s faculty explores the built environment from diverse disciplinary backgrounds and points of view. The Department offers graduate degrees in urban planning, urban design, and real estate and features a pedagogically diverse array of interdisciplinary studios and workshops, lecture courses, seminars, and independent study that consider practical and theoretical issues affecting cities and metropolitan areas around the world. Roughly 250 students drawn from around the world work together and with the faculty to create 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.

Additional Information:

The school seeks to attract and retain individuals who possess a quality of mind demonstrating high levels of intelligence, clarity of expression, analytical ability, critical judgment, creativity, and initiative. It also values individuals who support free inquiry and expression by others and constructive, collegial collaborations with faculty, staff, and students. In the school’s evaluation of candidates, desirable individual qualities and high potential are not substitutes for a record of creative and productive achievement. Accomplished contributions to the field through scholarship and/or design are essential to effective teaching over time. Continued study and investigation with public exposition of research and professional accomplishments are normal obligations for Harvard faculty members.

The position of tenured professor is intended for individuals pursuing full-time academic careers who are highly effective teachers and whose creative work in scholarship, design research/work, or professional practice, or a combination thereof, is recognized by peers as a preeminent and enduring intellectual contribution to their field. Individuals in this position will employ their time teaching, conducting creative work in scholarship or design research/work, and fulfilling their responsibilities for academic service. Appointments are made with tenure on a full-time basis.

Basic Qualifications

Candidates must have at least a master’s level degree in a field related to urban design, appropriate to support an appointment to the GSD’s senior positions in urban design, or a Ph.D. or comparable terminal degree appropriate to support an appointment to the GSD’s senior positions in urban planning.

Additional Qualifications

Professional experience is a plus as is experience in academic leadership

Special Instructions

Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae and letter of interest. Short-listed candidates will be asked to submit additional application materials.

Contact Information

Emmy Ly, Faculty Affairs Coordinator

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Equal Opportunity Employer

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.

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