Multiple full-time, tenure track position(s) Rank of Assistant or Associate Professor – McEwen School of Architecture

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Author dlafontaine
Date March 6, 2018
Type Full Time
Company Laurentian University
Salary To be negotiated - Per Hour
Location Sudbury, ON
Category Education / Teaching - K-12 and other training
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McEwen School of Architecture
Laurentian University
Multiple full-time, tenure track position(s)
Rank of Assistant or Associate Professor

The McEwen School of Architecture (MSoA) at Laurentian University invites applications for multiple full-time, tenure track position(s) at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor to begin July 2018. We are currently seeking candidates with proven expertise, through teaching and research, in specific areas that will complement our existing faculty (see details below), but quality applicants with valuable experience in other areas of architectural education will also be considered (i.e. Building Technology, History/Theory, Structures, Digital Design, etc.). All positions are subject to budgetary approval.

About Laurentian University

Laurentian University serves over 9,600 students on its main campus in Sudbury, Ontario, and is one of two bilingual universities in the province of Ontario. Laurentian has been in a phase of steady growth, realizing more than $150M in capital investments over the past five years. These include the McEwen School of Architecture, the award-winning Vale Living with Lakes Centre, a new student residence, the modernization of classrooms and labs, and the completion of an Executive Learning Centre, an Indigenous Sharing and Learning Centre and a University Club. The University is also building a $30 million Research, Innovation and Engineering Building to be completed in 2018. Committed to its bilingual, tri-cultural mandate, Laurentian University offers an outstanding university experience in English and French with a comprehensive approach to Indigenous education.

Laurentian’s beautiful, forested campus is surrounded by fresh-water lakes, conservation lands and hundreds of kilometres of cross-country trails. Your commute can be life-changing: you might cycle, ski, snowshoe or kayak to work, and you can take a lunch break at Laurentian’s private beach. The University is situated in the geographic centre of Greater Sudbury, northern Ontario’s major urban centre (population 160,000). Laurentian University has close and productive ties to Science North, SNOLAB, Health Sciences North and two post-secondary partners, Collège Boréal and Cambrian College.

Areas of Expertise

Indigenous Design: is about the process of thinking/making, through indigenous perspectives and worldviews. The focus is on architectural design that takes into account nature and various traditions of building artifacts and buildings that build upon First Nations tectonics and cosmologies. Experience working with Indigenous
communities is considered an asset.

Landscape Infrastructure & Urbanism: involves the process of integrating architecture and landscape design at a variety of scales and complexities. It acknowledges the ‘indeterminacy’ of the design process in relation to all aspects of the natural and built

environments, intersecting with other fields including ecology, urban design, landscape architecture and seven-generational thinking. Such complexity is embraced as part of urbanism and landscape architecture as they apply to community design.

Fabrication and Representation: involves strategies for design that begin with the study of materials and methods, using the facilities at the MSoA. The range of fabrication may include parametric modeling, sustainable materials, and the investigation of hybrid technologies merging manual craft with digital technology, etc. The MSoA’s emphasis is on the act of making buildings, from the component part to the overall ecology of the built environment. Compelling representation and communication of these systems and methods is also essential to this position.

Design-Build and Craft: involves teaching methods that explore design through the act of making. This approach primarily includes hands-on and experiential learning as ways of engaging full-scale design problems. Teaching the craft of making is critical to this approach, as is representation of the process and the product, from the sketch to the finished project. Both digital and manual skills are required in order to deliver design-build studios that achieve both quality and craft.

The McEwen School of Architecture offers a four-year pre-professional Bachelor of Architectural Studies (BAS) degree, followed by a two-year professional Master of Architecture degree. Situated in the Canadian north, the School focuses on design with wood, design-build, and community design projects. Our integrated co-operative program enables students to obtain practical experience through work-term placements in industry and in design or architecture offices. Francophone, First Nations, Métis, and Inuit student experience is central to the unique tri-cultural mandate of the program. The architecture program is delivered in English, with French language options for design studios, elective courses, and co-operative placements. Through Elders-in-residence, Indigenous faculty members, and French design studio instruction, students are exposed to a unique array of methods, knowledge and direct experience that informs community-design and design-build exercises.

The McEwen School of Architecture seeks innovative individuals with established records of design research and publication to provide leadership for local, national, and international collaborative research. Individuals should be passionate and ready to teach in the classroom, the design studio, and in the field with local community groups and partnerships. The successful candidate will teach in both the undergraduate and graduate
architecture programs, conduct research in his/her area of architectural expertise, and participate in the administration of the School and the University. All faculty members are expected to teach architectural design in addition to developing expertise in a particular stream of the curriculum: Design, Culture, Technology, or Professional Practice. Priority will be given to candidates who can teach and perform in both French and English.

Essential Qualifications

All candidates must have a professional degree in architecture or a related discipline (as outlined in the areas of specialization above). Academic post-graduate specialized degrees, including a doctorate, are preferred. Practicing architects should demonstrate that they are registered interns or licensed members of a professional association, along with a proven design record. Architects with expertise in related design fields (building science, landscape architecture, indigenous studies, etc.) are also encouraged to apply. Candidates should demonstrate research ability (scholarly publication record) and/or design ability (built work, competition & design awards) plus teaching competency in the areas as advertised.
Application Requirements

Applications should include the following items:

  1. Complete and updated curriculum vitae;
  2. Letter of intent, clearly indicating which position and area(s) of expertise;
  3. Summary of previous teaching or practice experience;
  4. Summary of research interests (including future research at Laurentian);
  5. Portfolio of design and/or teaching samples (including hard copy and/or digital and/or publications);
  6. Names and full contact information for three referees (reference letters will be requested later in the process).

Applications should be sent as PDF files to Review of applications will begin on May 1st, but applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.

Inquiries regarding the architecture program or further information about the position(s) should be directed to: Dr. David Fortin, Director, Laurentian University McEwen School of Architecture,

University Policy

Laurentian University is an equal opportunity employer and is strongly committed to employment equity and diversity within its community. Laurentian University especially welcomes applications from members of visible minorities, women, Aboriginal persons, members of sexual minorities and persons with disabilities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.

To comply with federal laws, the University is obliged to gather statistical information as to how many applicants for each job vacancy are Canadian citizens / permanent residents of Canada. Applicants need not identify their country of origin or citizenship; however, all applications must include one of the following statements: “I am a Canadian citizen / permanent resident of Canada”; OR, “I am not a Canadian citizen / permanent resident of Canada”. Applications that do not include this information will be deemed incomplete.

The University has a policy of passive bilingualism (English/French) as a condition of tenure. Information can be found at LU faculty members are part of the Laurentian University Faculty Association (LUFA). Candidates are advised to consult the Collective Agreement at

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