The Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) School of Architecture (SoA) is looking for individuals with a strong background in architecture and computational design that elevates the discipline through research work, scholarly work, artistic work, and/or professional practice.
The School welcomes established practitioners to develop a body of work while teaching in a dynamic school of architecture. We have openings for adjunct faculty in upper level/ graduate courses including the Digital Skills Workshop (DSW) course. While we welcome all applications; preference will be given to those that directly address the content of the particular course.
DSW is a 3-unit mini summer course (#48-689) for incoming SoA Masters students to establish a baseline of digital design skills appropriate to the expectations of the design culture at SoA. This course is mandatory for all incoming MAAD, M.Arch, MUD, MSSD, and MSBPD students. The full extent of the course must be completed in order to receive a passing grade for the course that will appear on the fall semester transcript. DSW is optional for students in other SoA Masters programs.
DSW Part 1, Representation & Computation, is an online-only series of micro workshops, assignments, and tutorials on digital design skills delivered online. Organized around four short design exercises, students will demonstrate the fundamentals of 2D graphics (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign), architectural drafting (Rhino), 3D modeling (Rhino), and parametric modeling (Grasshopper).
DSW Part 2 (if in person instruction), Fabrication, is a series of hands-on introduction to the woodwork machineries, laser cutter, CNC router, 3D printer, vacuum former, general policies and procedures of the ArchSHOP and Digital Fabrication Laboratory (dFAB) facilities. Students are required to attend in person during the time slots that will be announced towards the end of DSW Part 1 online sessions.
DSW will cover specific tools and workflows to equip students with the foundational skills for solving design problems through the use of computational tools. All SoA students are expected to be familiar with the protocols and workflows covered in DSW.
Every week you will be expected to teach Monday from 10:00-12:00pm and additional 10 hours later in the week to meet individually with all students registered in the course starting the week of June 21, 2021 through the submission of final grade and assessment reports by September 11, 2021. It is also expected that you will support students via asynchronous means (e.g. e-mail, Canvas, Miro, etc.) for 2 hours per week and prepare course materials for 6 hours per week.
If your work is breaking new ground, you will find an encouraging, stimulating environment within our dynamic community. Our school is a team of dedicated educators, designers, researchers, practitioners, and interdisciplinary collaborators. Full time faculty members teach studios and/or coursework appropriate to their specialization(s) across the School's many programs, including the B. Arch, M. Arch, post-professional Master's (both MS and studio-based) and the doctoral programs.
Our student body totals over 400 undergraduate and graduate students, and is situated within the College of Fine Arts, alongside the Schools of Art, Design, Drama and Music. Our university is classified as a "R1: Doctoral University – Highest Research Activity" institution. As such, a wide range of transdisciplinary educational and research opportunities can be created at the school, college and/or university levels.
Our school philosophy is to provide deep immersion in the discipline of architecture, intensified by a university culture of interdisciplinary innovation and creative inquiry. Our undergraduate and graduate degree programs prepare students to be excellent, discipline-defining design-thinkers in diverse global contexts. We believe that architectural excellence demands both rigorous training in fundamentals and the development of unique expertise - whether the sciences, the humanities, engineering, or computation. Though each of our students graduate with intensive architecture knowledge, no two graduates leave with the same education.
Our programs take advantage of:
Our position within one of the world's leading research and entrepreneurship institutions at the interdisciplinary intersection of technology, the arts, and the humanities;
Specialized facilities and centers like the Robert L. Preger Intelligent Workplace, dFAB Lab, Code Lab, Remaking Cities Institute, and the IDeATe Physical Computing Lab;
The context of our dynamic, post-industrial city of Pittsburgh as a laboratory for inquiry and action.
More information on the School of Architecture can be found on the SoA website.
This position requires an advanced degree in Architecture or Architectural Technology. Prior academic experience in teaching or completing courses with distinction on digital media, computational design, and general skills onboarding for graduate level architectural design programs is required.
A letter of interest that indicates your specific areas of expertise as related to this course;
A full curriculum vitae;
Candidates may be asked to provide examples of work in those courses
This position requires an advanced degree in Architecture or Architectural Technology.
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About Carnegie Mellon University
Carnegie Mellon (www.cmu.edu) is a private, internationally ranked research university with programs in areas ranging from science, technology and business, to public policy, the humanities and the arts. More than 12,000 students in the university’s seven schools and colleges benefit from a small student-to-faculty ratio and an education characterized by its focus on creating and implementing solutions for real problems, interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation. A global university, Carnegie Mellon’s main campus in the United States is in Pittsburgh, Pa. It has campuses in California’s Silicon Valley and Qatar, and programs in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and Mexico.