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Assistant Professor of Architecture or Landscape Architecture or Urban Design

The School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at the University of British Columbia (SALA) seeks two full-time tenure track Assistant Professors to begin July 1, 2023. Applicants from the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design are invited to apply. The two new positions will play a vital role in our School, with contributions to teaching and curriculum development in the new interdisciplinary undergraduate degree: the Bachelor of Design in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Urbanism. Teaching assignments may include courses such as design studio, design representation and visualization, history and theory, and courses related to the candidate’s research agenda.

Successful candidates will also teach in relevant graduate programs in our school: Master of Architecture, Master of Landscape Architecture, Master of Urban Design, Master of Engineering Leadership in High Performance Buildings. The Assistant Professors will pursue a productive research and scholarship agenda, develop an innovative teaching portfolio that relates to their research and contribute to the core curriculum. The Assistant Professors will also contribute to service within the School, the University and to the academic and professional community. Joining the faculty at SALA offers the opportunity to engage with a robust network of scholars and practicing professionals, as well as opportunities to connect with other UBC departments and programs.

With these positions, SALA also seeks to address a significant gap between the race, ancestry, colour, and place of origin represented among our tenure track faculty, and that of our region. Through the new hires, we seek to bring the advantages of diverse lived experiences into the ideas and approaches to design within our School and to our students. 

Research and Teaching Leadership

We seek individuals who are committed to an innovative reimagination of how design serves the public interest. Ideal candidates have a research agenda or a design practice that addresses urgent challenges related to social justice and design and/or climate change and design. While this is a broad call for diverse areas of research and teaching expertise, we are particularly interested in teaching expertise in the following areas: the pedagogy of design, history and theory, urban design, ecological systems, fabrication and related technologies.


Preference will be given to candidates with a track record of or demonstrated potential for innovative approaches to research and teaching, including ones that advocate for equity, diversity, and inclusion in the discipline or that leverage lived experience. Preference will also be given to those able to engage with and contribute to the design and interdisciplinary culture of SALA. 

Candidates will hold a terminal degree in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, or Urban Design (PhD, or Master of Architecture, Master of Landscape Architecture, Master of Urban Design) or relevant combination of education and experience. 

SALA recognizes that an open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. SALA will uphold an ethical framework for engaging systemically marginalised communities and will advocate for equity, diversity, and inclusion within our disciplines, professions, and broader communities. Recruitment for this position has been approved as a Special Program by the British Columbia Office of the Human Rights Commissioner, for individuals who self-identify as possessing protected personal characteristics in the category of “race, colour, ancestry, and place of origin.” We actively encourage applications from members of groups with historical and/or current barriers to equity, including, but not limited to:

  • First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples, and all other Indigenous peoples;
  • members of groups that commonly experience discrimination due to race, ancestry, colour, religion and/or spiritual beliefs, or place of origin.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; in accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. 

Applications will be accepted here until July 31, 2022:

About SALA

Within the University of British Columbia (Vancouver), the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (SALA) is a close-knit and collaborative academic community of approximately 400 students and 24 faculty. We offer accredited graduate professional degree programs in architecture and landscape architecture, post-professional graduate programs in urban design and high-performance buildings, and a growing undergraduate program in design. SALA is known for its commitment to quality design education that capitalizes on our inherent interdisciplinarity. SALA engages these themes through many academic and research interactions with the 'living laboratories' of UBC campus, the Vancouver metropolitan region, and our professional communities. SALA is the #1 ranked school of architecture and the built environment in Canada according to the 2021 QS World University Rankings.


For further information about the School and the search process contact: 
Daljeet Meet, SALA Human Resources Specialist: [email protected]

UBC School of Architecture + Landscape Architecture
402 6333 Memorial Road
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2
Daljeet Meet
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Project: Westminster Pier Park
Landscape Architect / Firm: PWL Partnership Landscape Architects Inc.
Location: New Westminster, British Columbia
Photo Credit: PWL Partnership Landscape Architects Inc.