Jobs as Assistant or Associate Professor of Urban Design at Harvard University Graduate School of Design

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The Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) is seeking to appoint a candidate as an Assistant Professor or Associate Professor (tenure track) in Urban Design. Applicants must demonstrate excellence in scholarship and/or the application of design skills to the city and the built environment and will be expected to teach in the core Urban Design curriculum. Located in the Department of Urban Planning and Design at GSD, the Urban Design Program draws on innovative links between design, planning and the study and practice of real estate and provides a potential venue for activities collaborations in Harvard University’s graduate programs.


To best address contemporary urban challenges in the United States and around the world, this position is part of a hiring cluster currently being undertaken by the Department of Town Planning and Development.

Information on the GSD and the Department of Town Planning and Development:

In the pursuit of more productive, equitable, sustainable, and attractive built and natural environments, Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD) provides a dynamic setting for the exchange of ideas in the areas of urban planning, urban design , real estate, architecture, landscape architecture, design studies and design engineering.

Comprised of internationally experienced scholars and practitioners, the faculty of the Department of Urban Planning and Design explores the built environment from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds and viewpoints. The department offers graduate degrees in urban planning, urban design, and real estate and offers an educationally diverse array of interdisciplinary studios, lectures, seminars, and independent studies that examine practical and theoretical issues affecting cities and metropolitan areas around the world. Approximately 250 students from around the world work together and with the faculty to create an intimate and engaged educational atmosphere in which students thrive and learn.

The Department’s commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging is based on the firm belief that classroom and community experiences are enriched by creating space for multiple perspectives to be highlighted, understood and valued. Such conditions produce optimal learning environments and healthy interpersonal relationships. The Department is committed to translating these values ​​into its programmatic policies, practices, pedagogy, and methods of engagement in classrooms, with each other, and with the world outside GSD. We believe that if we insist on a diversity of voices among ourselves, our students will insist on a diversity of voices in the processes and outcomes of their professional work.

Further information:

The school seeks to attract and retain people with a quality of mind that demonstrates high levels of intelligence, clarity of expression, analytical ability, critical judgment, creativity and initiative. It also values ​​individuals who support the free inquiry and expression of others and constructive, collegial collaborations with faculty, staff, and students. In the school’s assessment of applicants, desirable individual qualities and high potential are not a substitute for a record of creative and productive achievement. Contributions made to the field through scholarship and/or design are essential to effective teaching over time. Continuous study and investigation with public exposure of research and professional accomplishments are normal obligations for Harvard faculty members.

The position of Assistant Professor is intended for individuals pursuing a full-time academic career who have some teaching experience and creative work in the areas of scholarship, design/research, or professional practice, or a combination of these, indicates that they have a promising future in their academic careers and may one day be viable candidates for tenure.

The position of Associate Professor is for individuals pursuing full-time academic careers who are highly effective teachers and whose creative work in scholarship, design/research, or professional practice, or a combination of these, indicates that they are making excellent progress in their studies. careers and are likely to be viable candidates for tenure in the future.

Please visit Harvard Academic Positions for more information and to apply: https://academicpositions.harvard.edu/postings/11523

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