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Professor of Practice in Architecture

Position Classification
FT Faculty UDMPU (9 month)

Position Summary
Detroit Mercy School of Architecture + Community Development (SACD) is seeking applicants interested in joining our talented and collegial faculty in a full-time Professor of Practice position primarily centered on our accredited Master of Architecture curriculum. This is a continuous employment, non-tenure track position with opportunities for promotion. Several areas of expertise will be considered. They include but are not limited to:
  • public interest design/urban design with opportunities to  connect and teach in our Master of Community Development program.
  • the dynamics of design development in the studio, with particular emphasis in integrated and comprehensive design.
  • foundation-level and introductory design and visual communications education.
Our School of Architecture & Community Development is the only accredited architecture program based in Detroit, and is internationally known for its long history of providing a social, economic and environmental justice-driven and student-centered educational approach. Our sources of pride include our expertise in public interest design and civic engagement. The School is also home to the Detroit Collaborative Design Center (DCDC), a professional practice with full-time staff supported by student employees providing design, planning, and community engagement services to the non-profit community using a “teaching-hospital” model for architects. 


We expect candidates to have a forward-thinking perspective towards their expertise, and its role within our accredited curriculum. Successful candidates must hold a master’s degree or higher in architecture and must have some previous teaching experience, with evidence of expertise as described above. Based on the emphasis of this position, experience in professional practice will be considered favorably. Design-build experience may also be an asset. Licensure is desirable but is not required. 

Salary/Pay Information
Commensurate with experience

Physical Requirements
Job may require lifting light weight objects (1 to 10 pounds) with no repetitive bending or stooping. Occasionally lift average weight objects (1 to 10 pounds). 

Work Environment
Regular exposure to favorable conditions such as those found in a normal office. 

Special Instructions to Applicants 
Review of applications will begin Friday, December 3, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. The appointment begins August 15, 2022.

Applicants should send the following materials electronically as PDF files: (1) a letter explaining your interest in the position and the school; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) examples of work including both design and teaching experience (24 pages maximum); (4) the names and contact information for three references. Please E-mail all application materials to the Dean of the School of Architecture & Community Development, Dan Pitera, FAIA at Please copy Brigette Murphy-Barbee when application materials are sent and on all other email correspondence.

For additional information about the School, visit our web site: The School of Architecture & Community Development has recently completed a name change transition and is currently working through the corresponding graphic branding and identity update to its website. 

Michigan's largest, most comprehensive private University, University of Detroit Mercy is an independent Catholic institution of higher education sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy and Society of Jesus. Detroit Mercy seeks qualified candidates who will contribute to the University's mission, diversity, and excellence of its academic community. University of Detroit Mercy is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer with a diverse student body and welcomes persons of all backgrounds.