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IDEAS TECHNOLOGY STUDIO (M.S.AUD Program) Lecturer Pool 2021-2022

Application Window

Open date: June 1st, 2021

Next review date: Friday, Dec 31, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Tuesday, May 31, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

UCLA Architecture and Urban Design seeks a Lecturer to co-teach with the lead instructor of the Technology Studio at the IDEAS campus.

IDEAS
IDEAS is a research platform in architecture education that advances research, experimentation, and cross-disciplinary collaboration among professors, students, and industry collaborators to expand the boundaries of architectural practice. The program is a one-year post-professional course of study that leads to a Master of Science in Architecture and Urban Design degree (M.S.AUD). Students work on a dedicated research topic throughout the year to build a continuous and in-depth line of study. IDEAS fills a current void in architecture education by providing a dedicated program and satellite campus for advanced applied research for the future of architecture and urban design.

IDEAS TECHNOLOGY STUDIO
The goal of the IDEAS Technology Studio is to investigate the relationship between architecture and contemporary technological paradigms on artificial intelligence, robotics, and Extended Reality (XR). This year's "Virtual Presence" studio will explore the intersection of the physical and digital worlds as a synthesized environment that enhances communication among people, where methods and consequences of virtualization of architectural environments will be the main focus.

For more information about the studio, please visit:
https://www.aud.ucla.edu/student-work/archive/virtual-presence

RESPONSIBILITIES
UCLA is seeking to fill a one-year Lecturer appointment to co-teach this curriculum under the curricular direction and supervision of the lead faculty of the Technology studio. The Lecturer's primary responsibility is to co-teach/teach courses that support the research endeavors of the lead instructor, developing new seminars in support of the research.
Reports to the Chair of the Department of Architecture & Urban Design
• Under the leadership of the lead faculty, co-teach the technology studio;
• Under the leadership of lead faculty, teach two technology seminars;
• Help develop the studio curriculum and instructional plan;
• Prepare and deliver lectures & tutorials;
• Mentor, evaluate, and monitor students on academic progress;

QUALIFICATIONS
The ideal candidate will have experience with teaching graduate-level architecture studios and or seminars. The primary criteria for this position are a proven design sensibility and the ability to communicate clearly and critically with the students and faculty. Experience with a variety of digital modeling tools is a requirement. The primary skill that will be given special consideration is an advanced knowledge of Unity and AR/VR technologies. The year-long studio requires an awareness of contemporary culture in general and in particular trends in a broad range of design disciplines, such as digital design tools, augmented/ virtual reality, machine learning (GANs), digital fabrication, media technology, and beyond.

We anticipate this appointment to be a one-year Lecturer position from July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022. The first day of instruction will be September 23, 2021.

Minimum requirements include:
• Advanced degree (M. Arch or equivalent) in architecture
• Prior experience teaching design
• Advanced background in digital modeling and animation
• Working knowledge of gaming engines such as Unity or Unreal Engine;

Additional (optional) experience includes the following:
• Working knowledge in Virtual and Augmented Reality pipelines;
• Working knowledge of image-based machine learning tools (GANs, Runway ML, and other platforms)
• Basic knowledge of the use of robotics in Architecture

HOW TO APPLY
To ensure consideration, please submit applications by using the university’s application tool at: https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/JPF06508

Applications to include:
1) Curriculum Vitae;
2) Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service.
3) Letter of intent
4) Examples of work as a PDF with additional links to relevant videos and web content
5) Three references (CONTACT INFORMATION ONLY) who can provide a knowledgeable evaluation of your qualifications.

Qualifications

Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

    A Master of Architecture degree or equivalent degree is a requirement, extensive professional experience, one years’ university level teaching experience preferred.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Statement on Contributions to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion - An EDI Statement describes a faculty candidate’s past, present, and future (planned) contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion. To learn more about how UCLA thinks about contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion, please review our Sample Guidance for Candidates and related EDI Statement FAQ document.

  • Letter of intent

  • Examples of work as a PDF with additional links to relevant videos and web content

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3-6 required (contact information only)

Provide three references (CONTACT INFORMATION ONLY) who can provide a knowledgeable evaluation of your qualifications.

Apply link: https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/JPF06508

Help contact: geovani.garcia@aud.ucla.edu

Campus Information

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy.