Director of the School of Architecture at the Université de Montréal - Associate or Full Professor
School of Architecture | Faculty of Environmental Design
The School of Architecture is part of the Faculty of Environmental Design (Faculté de l’aménagement) of the Université de Montréal. The faculty offers programs at all three levels of study, in six areas: architecture, industrial design, interior design, game design, landscape architecture and urban planning. The diversity, quality and interdisciplinary character of teaching and research activities make the faculty an exceptional hub for the design of living environments.
The School of Architecture has 19 professors et over 400 students. It offers a full course of professional training made up of a Bachelor of Science in Architecture and of a Master of Architecture. It also welcomes doctoral students in an individualized Ph.D. program and in the interdisciplinary doctoral program of the Faculté de l’aménagement. In collaboration with the School of Urban Planning and Landscape Architecture, it offers master’s degrees in heritage conservation, in urban design and in project design and management. In addition, it has links to the Faculty of Arts and Science, the École Polytechnique and the École des Hautes Études Commerciales and has exchange programs with numerous schools of architecture in Europe and around the world. Its student body is very active, both inside and outside the School. The work of different research groups, which is documented on the school’s website (http://architecture.umontreal.ca/), fulfil the school’s mission to contribute to the dynamism and renewal of the field of architecture.
As a director and professor, you will have the opportunity to contribute to the excellence of the School of Architecture:
The successful applicant will be hired as professor and as director. As professor at the Faculty of Environmental Design, he or she must strive for excellence in teaching and research and be proactive in his or her service to the institution and to the community. As director of the School of Architecture, he or she will be expected to exercise collegial leadership in the definition of common priorities and projects, ensure the proper management and development of teaching and research programs, work with student representatives, strengthen ties with graduates and donors, represent the interests of the school in front of academic and professional bodies and give the School visibility at the local and international levels.
The new director will be expected to position the School in a constructive manner on issues such as the impact of globalisation on architecture, the integration of research in architecture, the theoretical renewal of the field, the critical integration of new digital and construction technology, the contribution of architecture to the sustainability and resilience of built environments and communities, and interdisciplinary collaboration in the design of living environments. The director’s mandate is four years long and is renewable.
To succeed in this role, you will need:
The new director must have a high level of expertise in the field of architecture and good knowledge of its practice. He or she must also have good leadership, communication and management skills. He or she must meet requirements for nomination at the level of Associate or Full professor and meet the following criteria:
- a doctoral degree, or a combination of post-professional studies, academic experience and research activities that are deemed equivalent to a doctorate
- a professional master’s degree in architecture or equivalent degree
- teaching and research experience in an academic setting
- a high-level publication record
- a collegial attitude, the ability to provide deliberative and collaborative leadership on joint projects and the ability to work with all members of the university community
- an adequate knowledge of the French written and spoken language or be committed to perfecting his or her mastery of French in accordance to Université de Montréal’s Language Policy and thanks to the support program offered to all professors wishing to learn French or improve their communication skills.
- a functional mastery of English
Experience in university administration and experience in professional practice will be considered important assets.
Here’s how to submit your application:
Applicants should apply by October 15, 2020 by submitting the following documents:
- a letter in which the applicant presents (a) his or her understanding of the main issues in architectural practice, education and research, (b) his or her vision of the development of the School of Architecture and of the role he or she can play in it, and (c) his or her teaching and research program
- a detailed curriculum vitae
- examples of published work (max. 3 items, 60 pages)
- a teaching dossier that includes the list of courses taught, examples of course syllabi and student work, and other relevant information
- three letters of recommendation, sent directly by their authors, that address, among other things, the ability of the applicant to head a school of architecture
Application letters and letters of recommendation should be addressed to:
Dean, Faculty of Environmental Design
Université de Montréal
Montréal QC H3C 3J7
Application files (items 1 to 4 put together in a single PDF document) et letters of recommendation (separately) must be e-mailed to the following address: email@example.com
Additional information about the position
October 15, 2020 or until the position is filled
Université de Montréal offers competitive salaries and a full range of benefits
June 1st, 2021
Université de Montréal is strongly committed to fostering diversity and inclusion. Through its Equal Access Employment Program, UdeM invites applications from women, Aboriginal people, visible and ethnic minorities, as well as persons with disabilities. We will –confidentially – adapt our recruitment mechanisms to the specific needs of people with disabilities who request it. We also welcome applications from candidates of all orientations and sexual identities. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, priority will be given to Canadians and permanent residents.
Université de Montréal’s application process allows all members of the Professor’s Assembly to review the application files submitted. If you wish to keep your application confidential until the shortlist is established, please mention it in your application.