Assistant Professor - History and Theory of Housing/Architecture

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Job FieldThe John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, at the University of Toronto, invites applications for a full-time tenure-stream appointment in the History and Theory of Architecture with a focus on Housing. This appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor and will be effective July 1, 2019.
Candidates should have training and experience in the history and theory of the manifold intersections between architecture and urban policy. Expertise in the histories and theories of housing or, more broadly, dwellings that reflects the interplay of diverse places and cultures is preferable. Candidates must be engaged in research of an international calibre with demonstrated excellence in teaching. A Ph.D in architectural history or a related field is required, by the time of appointment or shortly thereafter. A professional degree in architecture, or a related field, is highly desirable. Candidates should show a strong commitment to exploring relationships between metropolitan form and architecture, including the complementary relationships between housing type, dwelling units, urban pattern, infrastructural systems, and the institutional, economic and political frameworks that shape them. They should demonstrate an understanding of how social, political, ethical, technical, economical and ecological issues interact in the history and contemporary dimensions of housing.

We are looking for a candidate with a demonstrated capacity to advance architectural knowledge and that of allied disciplines in a way that contributes meaningfully to the diverse population and intellectual milieu at the Daniels Faculty. Please visit our home page: the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at

Excellence in research should be demonstrated by publications in recognized field-relevant journals (or leading publications in the field), or by leadership in research projects and networks operating at high, international standards, presentations at significant conferences, accolades for innovative research, strong endorsements by referees of international stature, and honours and awards. The successful candidate will be expected to pursue innovative and independent research at the highest international level and to establish an outstanding, competitive, and externally funded research program.

Candidates must have a strong demonstrated commitment to teaching excellence, and be prepared to contribute to the enrichment of undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs at the Daniels Faculty. These would include the Bachelor of Arts, Architectural Studies, Professional Masters programs in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Urban Design and the delivery of a new PhD in Architecture, Landscape, and Design Studies. Excellence in teaching should be demonstrated through teaching accomplishments, a teaching statement, sample syllabi and course materials, teaching evaluations, and a teaching dossier submitted as part of the application, and strong endorsements from referees. This evidence can include performance as a teaching assistant, experience leading successful workshops or seminars, student mentorship, or conference presentations.
The position will include opportunities for the candidate to collaborate with UofT colleagues in Planning/Geography, Art History, History, Environment, Computer Science, Engineering, and Public Health, among others, as well as operational staff, and external academic and non-academic partners. University of Toronto faculty have access to the Canadian Research Councils, which offer grants and research funding opportunities that are unique within North America.
Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Set within a preeminent research university and located at the center of one of North America’s most cosmopolitan cities, the Daniels Faculty uniquely combines the disciplines of architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design in undergraduate, graduate professional, post-professional and doctoral programs. The Daniels Faculty explores the intersections between nature, technology, architecture, and built geographies in a way that situates design to meet its contemporary challenges. An emphasis on the connections between all of the design disciplines at work in the remaking of the built environment is apparent in the scholarly research and built work of many of our faculty. Following a decade-long transformation of the school’s faculty and professional programs, and a recent major increase in its endowment, the Faculty is expanding its undergraduate and graduate programs. To accommodate both growth in its curricular offerings, and an increase in its research and outreach programs, a new building complex for the Faculty has just been completed on Toronto’s historic One Spadina Crescent.

Applications must include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching dossier (to include a teaching statement, sample syllabi and course materials, teaching evaluations, and other evidence of teaching excellence), a statement outlining current and future research objectives, and representative examples of publications and research. If you have questions about this position, please contact the Dean’s Office ([email protected] or 416-978-6192).
Please combine attachments into one or two files in PDF/MS Word format. Submission guidelines can be found at:

Applicants should also provide the names and contact details of three referees directly to the department via e-mail to [email protected] by the closing date.
Review of applications will begin on Tuesday, December 11, 2018, however applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

As part of your application, you will be asked to complete a brief Diversity Survey. This survey is voluntary. Any information directly related to you is confidential and cannot be accessed by search committees or human resources staff. Results will be aggregated for institutional planning purposes. For more information, please see

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Job Field: Tenure Stream
Department: John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design
Campus: St. George (downtown Toronto)
Job Posting: Oct 26, 2018
Job Closing: Ongoing




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Posted: 12/30/2018
Application Due: 6/27/2020
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