Department of Architecture, Head
February 16, 2004

Position start date:

July 1, 2005

Closing date for applications:   August 18, 2004

The Faculty of Architecture invites applications for the Head of the Department of Architecture beginning July 1, 2005. Position No: ABA 068. The appointment will be tenured at the rank of Associate Professor.

The Faculty of Architecture seeks an inspiring individual who will articulate and advance the desires and collective vision of the Faculty and Department. Opportunities exist for an individual who seeks to work in a collegial and dynamic environment, and who is dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, scholarship and community involvement. The successful candidate will work with the Department to formulate pedagogical goals, shape the curriculum, and guide and promote existing and new research and partnership agendas.

The Person
Candidates for this position must possess a professional degree in architecture, as well as a post professional degree in architecture or related field. Eligibility for professional registration is an asset.
Further, candidates must have demonstrated excellence in teaching design studios and core courses, and in supervising final projects and theses. A record of scholarship is essential, as is an understanding of the importance of ‘design as research’, the relationship between materials and making, and the liaison among the academy, the design professions and industry. The successful candidate must be able to articulate an understanding of the importance of the studio environment for the cultivation of creative innovation. The candidate must be a team player, possess administrative experience, be approachable, and communicate with faculty, staff, and students.

The Department of Architecture
We are an energetic group of hard working and talented individuals who are deeply committed to integrating design education with an active scholarship culture. Our scholarship and pedagogy embrace materials and construction, digital technologies, urban design issues, and history and theory. Our ambition and commitment are evidenced by the central role we played in founding and constructing the Centre for Architectural Structures and Technology (CAST) ( We are in the process of establishing, in close collaboration with the Faculty of Engineering, CAST-based, post professional architectural degree programs in the areas of Flexible Formworks, Digital Making, and Sustainable Architecture. Post-professional research and design programs are also being developed for an International Centre for Flood Architecture, and a Centre for Advanced Product Design. A Centre for Digital Formation will explore the interface of design and manufacturing.

The Department is committed to providing opportunities for regional studios, including working with aboriginal communities. Recent design studios have been offered in Europe, the Far East, and North and South America. Both the Faculty and Department critically integrate the use of computers and other media in design teaching. The professional program in Architecture is fully accredited by the Canadian Architectural Certification Board (CACB).

The Faculty of Architecture and Community
The Faculty is based upon an undergraduate interdisciplinary foundation (Environmental Design) and four accredited professional programmes (Architecture, City Planning, Interior Design,
Landscape Architecture). The Faculty is collaborating with Fine Arts and Music to design and build a Centre for Music Art and Design (CMAD) where multi-media collaboration will take precedence. Located in the vibrant and culturally diverse City of Winnipeg, the Faculty has developed significant outreach initiatives, including a downtown Design Centre. Winnipeg has a rich architectural history and a remarkable range of arts and cultural institutions. The City offers a high quality lifestyle and hosts the world renowned Royal Winnipeg Ballet, internationally acclaimed music culture, and highly regarded multi-cultural theatre.

Additional information on the Faculty and Department is available at:

Applicants should submit their Curriculum Vitae along with a portfolio and teaching dossier and statement of pedagogical philosophy, and the names of three (3) referees.

Applications will begin to be considered by August 18th, 2004. Interviews of short-listed candidates will occur in October and November, 2004.

Applications and inquiries should carry the reference “Head of Architecture Search Committee” and be addressed to:

Dr. David R. Witty,
Dean, Faculty of Architecture and Chair, Head of Architecture Search Committee
Faculty of Architecture
201 Russell Building
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, R3T 2N2

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Application materials, including letters of reference, will be handled in accordance with the “Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (Manitoba).”

The University encourages applications from qualified women, members of visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples, and persons with disabilities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.
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