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

Application Window

Open date: June 9th, 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 MOBILITY Studio at the IDEAS campus.

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.

Mobility considers the impact of autonomous navigation technology on the design of buildings. Mobility transfers detection, mapping, and navigation technology into buildings leading to intelligent environments and studies how machine vision reveals and reorganizes the circulation patterns of moving people and things within buildings. The IDEAS Mobility studio engages moving furniture, rooms, building envelopes, and vertical transportation mechanisms within buildings as well as the moving vehicles, micro-mobility devices, sidewalk robots, aerial drones, and pedestrians that move around, in, and through buildings. Over the last five years, the mobility studio has been the first in the world to introduce machine vision, SLAM (Simultaneous Localization and Mapping), path planning, and cost mapping to invent moving furniture and interior elements in the built environment. The studio employs particle simulation and agent-based game engine tools to generate spaces and forms rather than to populate or evaluate them.

For more information about the studio, please visit:

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 MOBILITY 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 MOBILITY studio;
• Under the leadership of lead faculty, teach one technology seminar;
• Help develop the studio curriculum and instructional plan;
• Prepare and deliver lectures & tutorials;
• Mentor, evaluate, and monitor students on academic progress;

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 teaching and student teams work with the 4 robotic arms at the IDEAS campus as well as a CNC milling table, 3D printers, and all of the usual digital equipment found in most architecture schools today. The only skill that would be given special consideration is familiarity with Unity and/or crowd simulation tools for Maya. Any familiarity with the typical scripting tools for 3D modeling like MEL, Kangaroo, Karamba and Grasshopper is useful. The year-long studio requires an awareness of contemporary culture in general and in particular trends in mobility and infrastructure. Experience with the interaction between people and machines with a focus on mobility and autonomy will be appreciated.

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
• Background in architecture and/or urban design

Additional (optional) experience includes the following:
• Advanced knowledge of transportation infrastructure, vertical transportation, building mechanical systems, and building circulation.
• Advanced knowledge of the Maya animation software
• Basic knowledge of the use of robotics in Architecture
• Programming languages for robotics like ROS and Python
• Scripting languages such as MEL, Kangaroo, Karamba, and Grasshopper

To ensure consideration, please submit applications by using the university’s application tool at: http
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.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

    A Master of Architecture degree or equivalent degree is a requirement, extensive professional experience, one year 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
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)

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

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