Design Teaching Fellowship, Department of Architecture

Department of Architecture
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The Department of Architecture at Cornell University is launching a search for two to four Design Teaching Fellowship positions for instruction and research/creative practice, to begin August 12, 2024. The Fellowship is a nine-month position (renewable for up to two academic years) within Cornell University's College of Architecture, Art, and Planning in Ithaca, NY, at the rank of Instructor. Each fellowship centers on teaching in the first-year undergraduate architectural design program, alongside teaching mentors, within an established Teaching Mentorship framework. In addition to design studio teaching, Fellows will have the opportunity to teach one elective seminar that facilitates exploration into the Fellow's research/creative practice trajectory, and to have one semester free from teaching a second class, to focus on developing their research/creative practice independently, culminating in an exhibition and/or public presentation. Fellowships are intended to support the teaching and research/creative practice of exceptional emerging designers/architects (ideally two-plus years after completion of their undergraduate education). Candidates should propose a research/creative project to be shaped and developed during their year, while also considering potential interfaces with foundational design pedagogy. Cornell Architecture welcomes innovative transdisciplinary thinking that expands the scope and potential of contemporary architecture and its practice. A professional degree in architecture is considered a necessity for this position (B.Arch. or M.Arch.). Responsibilities will include teaching at undergraduate levels, research, advising, and service. Cornell graduates are encouraged to apply.

Department Details

Situated within a world-class research university, the Department of Architecture is home to two top-ranked, internationally renowned professional degree programs (B.Arch. and M.Arch.), as well as research-focused and post-professional master's degrees in Advanced Architectural Design (M.S. AAD), Advanced Urban Design (M.S. AUD), and a Ph.D. in the History of Architecture and Urban Development (HAUD). The approximately 425 students in the department come from across the country and around the world, creating a remarkably diverse and intellectually stimulating academic environment. The department currently has 25 tenured/tenure-track/professor of the practice faculty with roughly an equal number of visiting faculty from emerging and/or established practices, or who are internationally distinguished scholars in the field.

The department's center of operations is in Ithaca, New York, where the resources and opportunities for innovative and interdisciplinary collaborations across both the college and the university are extensive. Physical facilities for Architecture are contained within three interconnected buildings situated on the campus's Arts Quad: historic Sibley Hall, the OMA-designed Milstein Hall, and the recently renovated Rand Hall, which holds the Mui Ho Fine Arts Library and state-of-the-art Material Practices workshop facilities.

The department also has fully integrated academic programs with facilities in New York City and Rome. In New York, interactions with Cornell Tech master's degree programs are growing quickly, and our extensive alumni connections in the city also greatly enrich the academic program. The reach and engagement of the department's students, faculty, academic programs, research initiatives, and alumni connections alike go well beyond New York City and Rome, and every semester there are strategic engagement initiatives in various locations and cultural contexts around the globe.

About the College

The College of Architecture, Art, and Planning at Cornell University (Cornell AAP) is home to nearly 1000 students, 120 faculty, and 65 staff members who come together from around the world to take up some of today's most urgent challenges and advance research, inquiry, and design to build a more just and sustainable future.

A vital college at one of the nation's foremost research universities, Cornell AAP bridges fields and faculty with five departments, 20 degree programs, 18 faculty-led labs, and the Cornell Mui Ho Center for Cities, a platform for building partnerships that make a positive impact in our cities and communities nationally and internationally.

Cornell AAP's departments include Architecture, Art, and Planning, as well as the new multicollege Paul Rubacha Department of Real Estate, jointly led by the S.C. Johnson College of Business, and the multicollege Department of Design Tech, administered by Cornell AAP in partnership with Cornell Bowers CIS, Cornell Engineering, the Cornell Human Ecology, and Cornell Tech. The college is housed across three locations (Ithaca, New York; New York City; and Rome, Italy), each offering world-class facilities and cutting-edge technologies.

Cornell AAP is about acts of transformation. We are committed to building a caring, inclusive, and rigorous community around our shared priorities — Creative + Critical Practices, Sustainability + Social Impact, Design + Emerging Technologies, and the Future of Cities + Development — that enable us to reimagine and reshape the world in radically new ways, every day.

Required Application Materials

All materials must be submitted electronically.

  • Letter of application
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Statement of teaching philosophy
  • A Statement of Contribution to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion as per Cornell University guidelines (
  • One portfolio [up to 20 pages] of research/creative practice, (and any student work from teaching experience)
  • Draft proposal for research/creative practice agenda and example of proposed course
  • List of three references with telephone numbers as well as mail and email addresses; these references will be contacted only at a later stage of the search, and with the applicant's permission.


The department will begin review of applications on February 13, 2024. The Design Teaching Fellowship positions will begin on August 12, 2024.


Questions and Additional Information

Search Committee
Department of Architecture
139 E. Sibley Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853-7301

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