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Assistant or Associate Professor, Tenure Track - McEwen School of Architecture

Université Laurentienne

The McEwen School of Architecture (MSoA) at Laurentian University invites applications for a full-time tenure track position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor to begin July 2019. We are currently seeking candidates with proven expertise, through teaching and research, in areas that will complement our existing faculty (see details below), however, quality applicants with valuable experience in other areas of architectural education will also be considered (i.e. Building Technology, Structures, Digital Design, etc.):

• 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.
• 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.
• 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



Laurentian University serves 9,400 students on its main campus in Sudbury, Ontario, and is one of two bilingual universities in the province. Laurentian has been in a phase of steady growth, realizing more than $150M in capital investments over the past five years. These include the construction of the McEwen School of Architecture, the award-winning Vale Living with Lakes Centre, a new student residence, the modernization of classrooms and labs, completion of an Executive Learning Centre, an Indigenous Sharing and Learning Centre and a University Club. Most recently, in the fall of 2018, the University completed construction of the new $30 million Cliff Fielding Research, Innovation and Engineering Building. Laurentian’s beautiful forested campus is surrounded by sparkling fresh-water lakes, conservation lands and hundreds of kilometres of cross-country trails. An Olympic-size swimming pool, rock-climbing wall and fully-equipped fitness centre are among the campus amenities enjoyed by students, staff and faculty at Laurentian.

The university is situated in the geographic centre of Greater Sudbury, northern Ontario’s major population centre (population 160,000). It is a friendly, diverse and multicultural city with a vibrant arts scene, the home of numerous festivals in all seasons, live music, theatre and literary events.

Laurentian University has close and productive ties to Science North, the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNOLAB), Health Sciences North and two post-secondary partners, College Boréal and Cambrian College.

About the Position

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:
• Complete and updated curriculum vitae;
• Letter of intent, clearly indicating which position and area(s) of expertise;
• Summary of previous teaching or practice experience;
• Summary of research interests (including future research at Laurentian);
• Portfolio of design and/or teaching samples (including hard copy and/or digital and/or publications);
• 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 vpap@laurentian.ca. Review of applications will begin on March 15th, 2019, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Inquiries regarding the architecture program or further information about the position should be directed to: Dr. David Fortin, Director, Laurentian University McEwen School of Architecture, dtfortin@laurentian.ca.

University Policy

Laurentian University is an inclusive and welcoming community and encourages applications from members of equity-seeking communities including women, racialized and Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, and persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities/expressions. Laurentian University's bilingualism policy (Section 7.3.b) provides a provision regarding the language requirement for persons self-identifying as First Nations, Métis or Inuit. (https://laurentian.ca/bilingualism). The University has a policy of passive bilingualism (English/French) as a condition of tenure. Information can be found at www.laurentian.ca. LU faculty members are part of the Laurentian University Faculty Association (LUFA). Candidates are advised to consult the Collective Agreement at www.lufapul.ca.

Laurentian University is committed to providing an inclusive and barrier free experience to applicants with accessibility needs. Requests for accommodation can be made at any stage during the recruitment process. Please contact the Office of the Vice-President, Academic and Provost for more information.

All qualified persons 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.