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Posted: 01/12/2011

University of Southern California
School of Architecture

USC is an internationally recognized research university. The undergraduate program ranks in the top ten in America, offering a professional five year Bachelor of Architecture and a four year Bachelor of Science in Architecture, and boasts two Pritzker Prize Alumni, Frank Gehry and Thom Mayne. The School of Architecture currently offers several graduate degree programs: a Master of Architecture, a Master of Building Science, a Master of Landscape Architecture, and a Master of Historic Preservation, with interdisciplinary certificates in each area, as well as a PhD Program with a current focus on building technology. The School intends to expand its PhD program into other areas of architecturally-related research over the next few years, including the area of Historic Preservation. The School offers a large number of global studies programs each year, with three distinct programs in Asia, two others in Europe and several new programs being planned for in Latin America and the Middle East. Each of these programs require a holistic approach to heritage conservation and cultural history.

Director, Historic Preservation Program
Professional Opportunity
Los Angeles, CA

The University of Southern California’s School of Architecture seeks a Director of our Master of Historic Preservation Program. Established in 2002, this academic program is designed to address the most compelling questions in preservation today---particularly in regard to issues related to the Los Angeles area, the American West, Latin America and the Pacific Rim. Located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, the University as a whole embraces its urban identity. Likewise, our MHP program encourages our faculty and students to directly engage with the rich historical resources of the region, as well as to expanding traditional practices in preservation to address new concepts and contexts unique to our context. The USC School of Architecture also oversees two significant architectural properties, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Freeman House in Hollywood California, as well as Greene and Greene’s Gamble House in Pasadena California—offering our students and faculty outstanding laboratories to examine and debate state-of-the-art conservation practices. Through the position of this Directorship, the School seeks to further intensify our contributions and increase our voice within the many contemporary dialogues occurring both in Los Angeles area and throughout the Pacific Rim.

Appointed for a three-year term, the Director position is a full time non-tenure track appointment. The Director is expected to bring leadership to the program, working with the Dean and the School’s faculty to strengthen the program’s mission, to increase the current level of its academic excellence, and to expand the resources available for research. In addition to limited teaching, the Director’s annual full time appointment will also include a set of annual administrative responsibilities such as updating curriculum, overseeing program recruitment/admissions strategies, managing thesis committees, and providing program-specific student advisement for degree progress.

Requirements for the position include a terminal professional degree in architecture or a graduate degree in historic preservation or in an equivalent field. Candidates with either a PhD or critical design practice with proven excellence in the field of historical preservation are encouraged. It is expected that each candidate will have established a record of exceptional teaching, as well as demonstrated particular excellence in either professional practice, academic scholarship, funded research and/or administrative experience.

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How to apply
Applicants must send in printed copy: 1) a letter of interest 2) curriculum vitae 3) samples of selected professional work, funded research or published scholarship 4) contact information for three references (please provide name, title, address, phone number and email) Send to: Director of Historic Preservation Search Committee USC School of Architecture Watt Hall, Room 204 Los Angeles, California 90089-0291 TO ENSURE YOUR APPLICATION IS PROPERLY PROCESSED, DO NOT SEND THIS MATERIAL TO ANY EMAIL ADDRESS. HARD-COPIES ONLY. For more information on other faculty positions at the USC School of Architecture please see http//arch.usc.edu. If you have specific questions contact: Professor Amy Murphy, Vice Dean, at almurphy@usc.edu. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the positions are filled. The appointments are intended to begin in Fall 2011. The University of Southern California values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity in employment.
Amy Murphy
Watt Hall
Room 204
Los Angeles, CA 90089

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