Virginia Tech’s Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center (WAAC) seeks a versatile and committed faculty member who will contribute to its unique educational environment. The successful candidate will have a focus on architecture history and theory grounded in the liberal arts and be capable of connecting to practice through the threefold mission of teaching, scholarship and/or creative work, and outreach.
The compact urban campus of WAAC is embedded in the heart of Old Town Alexandria, one of the oldest continually inhabited cities in Virginia, just across
the Potomac River from the nation’s capital. The WAAC is part of a growing Virginia Tech presence in Alexandria, near the new Innovation Campus with
graduate education to support the dynamic Northern Virginia technology sector including Amazon’s new east coast headquarters. The WAAC is an integral part of the School of Architecture in the College of Architecture, Arts, and Design based in the main campus in Blacksburg, Virginia. As the urban campus of the School of Architecture, the WAAC offers stand-alone degrees in Master of Architecture (2-year professional), Urban Design (MSci Arch), and PhD in Architecture and Design Research, as well as educating upper- level Bachelor of Architecture (5-year professional) students from the main Blacksburg campus and visiting students from around the country and the world.
The position will have responsibility for teaching across all the programs, including design studios, lecture/seminars, and thesis advising, with an
emphasis on the PhD program. The PhD program examines past and present architectural thought in its varied intellectual, cultural, and social milieus. It
considers the role of theory in practices such as the visualization of architectural ideas at the intersections of the humanities, technology and
urbanism in pursuit of a humane, sustainable world. Candidates will define their own field of research that contributes to the future direction of the PhD program. All faculty are expected to contribute to the WAAC’s life by engaging with students, participating in faculty governance and attending special events. Position requires occasional travel to attend conferences and meetings.
The College of Architecture, Arts, and Design at Virginia Tech affirms its collective responsibility to encourage, build, and embrace the polyculturalism of our world. We do this by acknowledging and addressing our past, recognizing our current responsibility, and acting in the interests of building and sustaining communities that are truly safe, supportive, and inclusive for all. Its commitment is to continually and proactively engage in these processes for the benefit of our students, staff, and faculty across the college, and the communities around the world it aims to serve.
PhD in architecture or related field by date of hire.
Proven ability in teaching in design studio and history/theory courses.
Trajectory of rigorous research inquiry.
Professional licensure, accreditations, and substantive practice experience
Excellence in communication, collaboration, and cross-cultural and/or cross-
Commitment to humane, socially-engaged design.
The review of applications will commence on 15 December, 2022 and continue until the position is filled. For additional details or to apply, visit the Virginia
Tech Careers website here.