Director, School of Architecture

University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ
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Oct 22, 2021

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School of Architecture

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Tucson, AZ USA

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Please note: the contact information for candidates has been updated. The review date for this position is now October 1, 2021.
The School of Architecture at The University of Arizona seeks a dynamic and creative leader to serve as Director, the chief academic and administrative officer of the school. We seek a Director who will partner with faculty, staff, and students to articulate a compelling, creative vision for the school’s pedagogy, research, outreach, and operations, and design a viable plan for its phased implementation. The school currently offers three degrees: two accredited professional degrees—the B.Arch and M.Arch—and one post-professional research-centered degree, the MS.Arch. In our relatively small, nimble college, there are ample opportunities to forge interdisciplinary collaborations at all levels with sister programs in the School of Landscape Architecture and Planning; in addition to the BLA, MLA, and MSUP, it offers programs in Sustainable Built Environments and Real Estate Development. Both School Directors report to the Dean of the College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture.

To ensure your application materials are considered, please submit your application by the review date of October 1, 2021.
We seek a Director who will cherish the particularity of our place as an inspiration for reflection and creativity, who can capitalize on our distinctive identity in Arizona, amplify our voice in national discourse, and expand our international visibility. In all these settings, a demonstrated commitment to inclusivity and ability to foster a diverse community and diverse contributions is essential. In particular, we desire someone who can capitalize on the history of local indigenous peoples and the university’s designation as a Hispanic Serving Institution.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities:

The School

The School of Architecture at UArizona has long been a leader in sustainable design in resource-constrained contexts. Due toits location in the Sonoran Desert, the School has pursued strategies for living in and stewarding arid lands for decades, whilealso promoting an architecture of structural innovation, material experimentation, and service to local communities. Theprofessional B.Arch program is currently ranked 9th by Design Intelligence among similar programs at public institutions and23rd among such programs at all institutions. It is by far the largest program in the school and college, with more than 435students. It is now accompanied by a still-growing M.Arch program and a newly re-launched MS.Arch program, togetherenrolling more than 40 graduate students. All these degrees carry the federal STEM designation. In addition, the schoolcontributes courses to several other undergraduate and graduate programs and Architecture faculty have joint appointmentsor courtesy appointments in nine other programs, among them the Arizona Institutes for Resilience, UA Institute on Place,Wellbeing and Performance, the School of Information, the School of Art, and several Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs.

The school boasts a longstanding design-build program, spacious studios, a large and well-equipped materials lab, regularstudy abroad offerings, and a growing program of fundraising. Our engaged faculty (20 full-time and 20 part-time), award-winning pedagogies, active research programs, and commitment to educating an increasingly diverse student body make theschool a rich setting for experimentation and leadership in the design and study of the built environment. Read more about theschool at

The College

The College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture issued the CAPLA StrategicPlan in 2019 and the research profile of the college, publication output, and grant revenues havegrown strongly as a result. The college contributes to the land grant mission of the university inpart through the Drachman Institute, which facilitates community planning and design viaoutreach projects focused on design-build, water infrastructure, and more. Finally, we are arecognized leader at UArizona for our equity, diversity, and inclusion efforts; on this, see For additional information on all these facetsof the college and our commitment to building a changing world, visit:; and In addition to the degrees listed above, the collegeoffers several Graduate Certificates and dual degrees. Recently, it launched a microcampusprogram in Lima, Peru ( and and it iscontemplating other international partnerships.


TheUniversity of Arizona is the flagship research institution of the state and is ranked20th nationally among public research institutions. It is the oldestpublic institution of higher learning in Arizona (dating to 1885), founded as aland grant university on homelands of the Tohono O’odham and Pascua Yaquipeoples. It serves more than 46,000 students, over 30% of whom are Hispanic. Formore information, see:,
UArizonahas particular strengths in the fields of earth sciences, arid lands,hydrology, natural resources, indigenous languages, sociology, and publichealth, many of which relate to design of the built environment. The CAPLAresearch initiative “RESTRUCT” has built partnerships across campus infulfilment of both the college and the university strategic plans. The current UArizonastrategic plan dates to 2018; it may be found here:

TheCity and Region

Thesite of Tucson on the Santa Cruz River lies within the northern reaches of thebeautiful and ecologically rich Sonoran Desert. It is the oldest continuouslyinhabited place in the continental United States and boasts a rich history ofindigenous, Spanish colonial, Mexican, and Anglo settlement, not to mention themore recent influx of Asian-Americans, refugees from Africa and the MiddleEast, and others. It hosts a population of over one million people in thelarger metropolitan area. Indeed, Southern Arizona has been a magnet fortravelers, tourists, artists, scientists, naturalists, archaeologists, otherscholars, and retirees since the nineteenth century. In 2015, Tucson became the first UNESCO City ofGastronomy in the US, joining the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN). Located about 60 miles from the international border with Mexico, fast-growingTucson and its surrounding region serve as a model of the mix ofsocio-political, demographic, and environmental changes soon coming to the restof the country.


TheDirector’s responsibilities include:

Cultivation of community via equitable, inclusive faculty and staff hiring, mentoring, and assessment: the Director must be able to energize and build the faculty and staff, demonstrating transparency in articulation of values, goals, and processes

Research development via tireless advocacy for work on emerging issues of the built environment

Curriculum management in processes of shared governance with faculty: the Director should be engaged in teaching, empathetic to students, and energetic in fostering curricula that prepare students for progressive critical practice

Budget management and financial stewardship with an ability to develop and manage resources through donor relationships, planned growth, and vigorous student recruitment, steering the school into a sustainable future

External relationship building with practitioners, professional organizations, and other schools of architecture in the US and abroad: the Director should be eager to engage the design community and potential partner institutions, while safeguarding the distinctive nature of the university as an educational setting

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Professional degree in Architecture
  • Accomplishmentsthat merit appointment at the rank of Professor with tenure
  • Record of productive research and/or practice
  • Significant experience teaching (5 years or more) in a well-recognized institution of higher education in the US or abroad
  • Experience working collaboratively with others in a position of academic or administrative leadership
  • Record of accomplishment in recruiting, training, mentoring, and promoting individuals of diverse backgrounds/expertise/ points of view
  • Experience in fiscal management

Preferred Qualifications:

•Ph.D. or other advanced degree
•Rank of Professor with tenure
•Professional licensure or viable path to it
•Experience in commitment to the mission of public education
•Experience in fundraising



Full Time/Part Time:

Full Time

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Job Category:

Organizational Administration

Benefits Eligible:

Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay:

Salary will be commensurate with experience

Compensation Type:

salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)

Type of criminal background check required::

Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Number of Vacancies:


Target Hire Date:

Expected End Date:

Contact Information for Candidates:

Laura Hollengreen
[email protected]

Open Date:


Open Until Filled:


Documents Needed to Apply:

Curriculum Vitae (CV), Cover Letter, and Two Additional Documents

Special Instructions to Applicant:

Please submit the following:
-Cover Letter
-In the Additional Document slot: the name and contact information of three references
-In the Additional Document: a portfolio

Diversity Statement:

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution and a Native American/Alaska Native-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.


As Arizona’s First University, founded in 1885, the University of Arizona now serves nearly 46,000 students, from undergraduates to doctoral candidates. A public land grant university, we work together to expand human potential, explore new horizons, and enrich life for all.

We constantly strive to be a best-in-class place to learn, research, and work. We educate innovative, adaptive learners and problem solvers who are prepared to lead meaningful lives and improve society in the Fourth Industrial Revolution Economy. Our Strategic Plan details how we intend to drive social, cultural, and economic impact, in Arizona and across the world.

As a Research I university and member of the Association of American Universities, the University of Arizona hosts two medical schools as well as the only veterinary college in Arizona. More than 16,500 faculty, staff, and graduate students produce over $687 million in research annually, ranking us among the top 20 public research universities in the nation.

Transdisciplinary research excellence – the true seamless integration across disciplinary university-community boundaries – is an undergirding philosophy deeply rooted in our history. Notably, our BIO5 Institute brings together scientists from agriculture, medicine, pharmacy, basic science, and engineering to treat disease, feed humanity, and preserve livable environments.

We strive for excellence in all our 200-plus undergraduate majors and 150 graduate programs. Our faculty are renowned for ground-breaking research in astronomy and planetary sciences; climate, environment, and solar energy; cancer and biotechnology; optical sciences; electrical and computer engineering; and management information systems. Research us yourself on our interactive FactBook.

As Arizona public employees, we enjoy comprehensive benefits. Among these are a choice of retirement plans, high-quality medical insurance subsidized at 85% of cost; and dental, vision, short- and long-term disability, and life insurance plans. An unusually generous qualified tuition reduction program is one of the benefits our employees, their spouses or domestic partners, and children value most.

Who We Are

Our core values proclaim who our Wildcat community is and what we stand for:

Integrity: Be honest, respectful, and just.

Compassion: Choose to care.

Exploration: Be insatiably curious.

Adaptation: Stay open-minded and eager for what’s next.

Inclusion: Harness the power of diversity.

Determination: Bear down! (Yes, there’s a story here.)

Where We Are

Our Main and Health Sciences campuses are located near downtown Tucson. In addition, we operate a College of Applied Science & Technology in southeastern Arizona, a Biomedical Campus in Phoenix, a Veterinary College north of Tucson, and extension offices in every Arizona county. Despite a metro population of 1 million people, Tucson retains the feel of a small town where everyone knows one another. Ringed by mountains, blessed with abundant sunshine, and recognized as a bicycle-friendly city, Tucson is ideal for outdoor exploration. The second largest city in Arizona also offers cultural, artistic, and social amenities to feed your insatiable curiosity. Emblematic of the desert Southwest, the Sonoran Desert is a region steeped in Native American and Latina/o culture.

Diversity Profile

Our Commitment to Inclusive Excellence

The University of Arizona sits on the homeland of the Tohono O’odham, the Desert People. In 1775, the Spanish Presidio San Agustín de Tucsón displaced the Native people from the floodplain of the Santa Cruz River. With Mexican Independence in 1821, Tucson became part of the Mexican state of Sonora, and might still be so but for the 1853 Gadsden Purchase.

The University of Arizona takes advantage of our unique location and history through initiatives from cross-border collaborative research in arid lands and water management to workshops for women entrepreneurs in Sonora.

The Native Peoples Technical Assistance Office serves as a liaison between Native nations and the research arm of the university, focused on building capacity and research support for tribal community development.

The university of Arizona is proud to be a federally designated Hispanic Serving Institution and one of 9 US institutions to receive the inaugural Seal of Excelencia for demonstrating positive Latina/o student outcomes. We rank No. 1 for the number of doctoral degrees awarded to Native American students, and No. 9 for the number awarded to Latina/o students.

Student success, particularly educational equity for historically underserved groups, is an institutional priority. We have more than 10,000 First Cats (first-generation college students). The Strategic Alternative Learning Techniques (SALT) Center is nationally recognized for its innovative and successful academic support programs for students with learning and attention challenges.

The University of Arizona has many student cultural clubs and organizations. View the list on the Equity, Inclusion, and Title IX website.

These are some of our cutting-edge centers and programs:

Arizona Hispanic Center of Excellence (AZ-HCOE) works to increase the number of Latina/o physicians, enhance health research serving Latinas/os, and improve the cultural competency of health care services in Latina/o communities.

Binational Migration Institute (BMI) is an association of US and Mexican scholars researching the consequences of immigration enforcement policies on Latina/o communities.

Institute for LGBT Studies develops curriculum, promotes research, and presents public programming addressing the histories, politics, and cultures of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

Institute for the Study of Religion and Culture (ISRC) serves as a research and outreach center focused on the role of religion in international politics.

Native American Research and Training Center (NARTC) conducts health-related research and training projects to help improve quality of life for Native Americans.

Native Nations Institute (NNI) conducts policy analysis and research dedicated to building capable Native nations.

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