Assistant Professor in the School of Architecture

Assistant Professor in the School of Architecture

locationFayette County, Lexington, KY, USA
PublishedPublished: 12/18/2023
Full Time

Job Title
Assistant Professor in the School of Architecture

Requisition Number

Working Title

Department Name
8N100:School of Architecture

Work Location
Lexington, KY

Type of Position

Position Time Status

Tenure Track Status
Tenure Track

Required Education

Professional and terminal degree in Architecture

Required Related Experience

Professional work experience, teaching experience at the university level, and a research/practice agenda on either history/theory, digital technology, or integrated design

Required License/Registration/Certification

NCARB or equivalent architectural registration (preferred).

Job Summary

The School of Architecture at the University of Kentucky invites nominations and applications for Assistant Professor in the Regular Title Series. The successful candidate will teach at the undergraduate and/or graduate level: two architecture studios, as well as either a required lecture course in our core curriculum or a seminar or elective related to your specific field of expertise. The appointment comes with start-up support to launch a research program that produces scholarly or creative output of national and international standing, as well as an expectation of service to the school, college, university, profession, and community. This full-time tenure-track academic position comes with a 9-month appointment, and an anticipated start date of August 1, 2024.

The School of Architecture seeks applicants with an advanced degree, professional licensure (preferred), as well as a body of research in the form of built work, design research, or scholarship disseminated through publications, exhibitions, public lectures, and/or recognized by grants or awards. Candidates must have teaching experience at the university level and professional experience, preferably in practices internationally recognized for advancing architecture.

The School of Architecture is highly interested in candidates with well-rounded architectural experience, who possess a strong design portfolio as well as expertise to teach courses in other parts of the curriculum such as digital technology, environmental systems/sustainability, or history and theory of architecture and urban design. We are also interested in applicants who possess the pedagogical agility and creativity to advance our curriculum through instruction, course development, and faculty collaborations that promote an overall integrated curriculum. Candidates should possess a strong interest in teaching through creative instructional approaches and effective communication with their students.

The School encourages candidates with a research/practice agenda that’s dedicated to an integrated, interdisciplinary approach to design. We encourage candidates to articulate how their research/practice endeavors to advance the field of architecture, and how they productively affiliate their research and teaching towards the education of the future architect.

About the School of Architecture

As the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s sole NAAB accredited Architecture program, UK offers a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture and two- and three-year Master of Architecture programs. Established in 1965, the School of Architecture today employs 30 full and part-time faculty, who teach over 300 graduate and undergraduate students. The School is poised for transformation, as we move with Landscape Architecture, Interior Design, Historic Preservation and Product Design into the new Gray Design Building. With this new facility, new resources, and an interdisciplinary design environment, our program looks towards an outstanding, vibrant future.

The School of Architecture has a rich academic tradition as an open-minded setting that supports diverse intellectual approaches within a rigorous architectural curriculum. Throughout its history, Kentucky’s academic environment, one which balances diversity, connectivity, and ingenuity, has attracted outstanding faculty and students, enabling many to reach the highest levels of national academic and professional achievement. On the University of Kentucky’s flagship campus in Lexington, the School strives to fulfill the University’s bold Land Grant Mission by delivering exceptional design thinking to improve our region’s built environment and the lives of its citizens.

The School of Architecture intentionally supports an authentic environment of diversity, equity, and inclusion through its academic curricula, extra-curricular programming, and studio culture. As we honor and serve communities across the Commonwealth through our teaching, research, and service, we encourage wide-ranging creative expression among the School’s faculty, staff, and students. We extend this commitment of inclusivity to our recruiting and hiring, and welcome applicants who have a deep interest in advancing this mission. In alignment with this DEI commitment, we encourage applications from members of all underrepresented groups and individuals who have experience working with diverse student populations. As a member of the state’s flagship institution, we pledge to ensure that our campus is a place where differences are welcomed and valued, different perspectives are respectfully heard, and where every individual feels a sense of belonging and inclusion.

Employment at UK comes with rewards that focus on total well-being and career development, with leadership striving to provide a strong work-life integration. The University generously contributes to employees’ retirement plans, medical coverage, and life insurance. In addition, UK offers optional benefits such as dental and vision insurance, additional retirement plans and much more. To learn more about these benefits, please visit: https://www.uky.edu/hr/


Please apply directly via the UK Jobs System. A complete application must include and will be evaluated based on the following materials:

  • Cover Letter addressing your interest in this position and teaching area, as well as your qualifications, teaching philosophy, and ways in which your work has advanced values of diversity and inclusivity.
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Portfolio of Work (Specific Request 1)
  • Portfolio of Teaching (Specific Request 2)

Please also include the names and contact information for three additional references when prompted in the application. This information will not be solicited without applicant’s consent, after achieving finalist status.

Review of applications will begin immediately, and applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Applications received by February 1, 2024, will be assured full consideration.

Questions regarding the position should be directed to Jeffrey Johnson, Director of the School of Architecture: jeffrey.r.johnson@uky.edu. For more information about the College of Design and the University of Kentucky, please visit: https://design.uky.edu

Skills / Knowledge / Abilities


Does this position have supervisory responsibilities?

Preferred Education/Experience


Deadline to Apply

Open Until Filled

University Community of Inclusion

The University of Kentucky is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce by ensuring all our students, faculty, and staff work in an environment of openness and acceptance. We strive to foster a community where people of all backgrounds, identities, and perspectives can feel secure and welcome. We also value the well-being of each of our employees and are dedicated to creating a healthy place to work, learn and live. In the interest of maintaining a safe and healthy environment for our students, employees, patients and visitors the University of Kentucky is a Tobacco & Drug Free campus. 

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we strongly encourage veterans, individuals with disabilities, women, and all minorities to consider our employment opportunities.

Any candidate offered a position may be required to pass pre-employment screenings as mandated by University of Kentucky Human Resources. These screenings may include a national background check and/or drug screen.