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Harvard University Professor in Practice of Landscape Architecture (Public Realm) in Cambridge, Massachusetts


Title Professor in Practice of Landscape Architecture (Public Realm)

School Harvard Graduate School of Design

Department/Area Landscape Architecture

Position Description

Harvard’s Department of Landscape Architecture is actively seeking highly qualified individuals to offer graduate-level instruction and research with an emphasis on design for the public realm. A part-time position of at approximately half-time is targeted.

The preferred candidate should bring a distinguished international reputation for consequential works—including both speculative projects and completed works—in the profession of landscape architecture.

They should have experience teaching at the graduate level in the discipline, and are expected to teach design studios, lectures, seminars, and workshops in the context of an interdisciplinary design school with collaborative faculties in architecture, landscape architecture, and urban planning and design. Candidates should demonstrate a commitment to practice that transcends disciplinary conventions and embraces the exigencies of environmental, climate, and social justice that are essential to the conceptualization of urban landscapes in all their public dimensions.

The Department of Landscape Architecture educates landscape architects as committed protagonists in the urgent global demand to design a more equitable distribution of ecological, environmental, spatial, and economic resources. Candidates should regard this position as a robust platform for vocal citizenship, community engagement, and disciplinary leadership in the advancement of improved landscape futures across all regions of the world.

Basic Qualifications

Applicants are required to hold a master’s level degree in landscape architecture or a closely related field. Preference is given to professionals whose design practice accords with and contributes to robust platforms of teaching and research in landscape architecture and its allied urban disciplines.

Additional Qualifications

The school seeks to attract and retain individuals who possess a quality of mind demonstrating high levels of intelligence, clarity of expression, analytical ability, critical judgment, imagination, creativity, initiative, and industry, and a quality that enables individuals to support free inquiry and expression by others and to interact and work in constructive, collegial collaboration with faculty, staff, and students. In the school’s evaluation of candidates, desirable individual qualities and high potential are not substitutes for a record of creative and productive achievement. Creative contributions to the field through scholarship and/or design are essential to effective teaching over time. Continued study and investigation with public exposition of research and professional accomplishments are normal obligations of faculty at Harvard.

The position of professor in practice is intended for individuals pursuing careers in professional practice related to fields of study at the school who commit themselves to part-time teaching and other activities at the school. The position is reserved for individuals who are highly effective teachers and who have demonstrated a distinguished record of professional work that has been recognized by peers as a significant contribution to the field. Teaching responsibilities normally shall be for not less than one-quarter nor more than one-half the teaching load of full-time faculty. Teaching responsibilities may be concentrated in one period, one module, one term, or the full academic year, subject to agreement on a satisfactory schedule with the department chair and dean. Individuals holding part-time positions in the faculty need be in Cambridge only during those periods when they are required to fulfill their designated academic and administrative responsibilities. Except for holidays and recesses, members of the faculty shall be in residence at least one week before the beginning of classes in the fall through Commencement exercises in the spring, including the periods of instruction, reading, reviews and examinations—a period of approximately nine months. Should it be necessary due to extraordinary circumstances for the School to offer instruction remotely, faculty are nonetheless expected to be ‘in residence’ for the usual nine-month period and to be active participants in the GSD’s virtual community.

Special Instructions

Short-listed candidates will be asked to submit additional application materials including the following:

Statement of teaching philosophy: please describe your pedagogical approach, including how you would approach teaching students across disciplines and departments in the context of design and/or planning education, in no more than two pages.

Statement of diversity, inclusion, and belonging: please address the following question in no more than two pages:

Given the geographic diversity represented in the GSD community, and our commitment to anti-racism and inclusion, how do you approach pedagogy and mentoring for a student cohort that is diverse across multiple dimensions including but not limited to nationality, ethnicity, race, religion, and gender identity?

Contact Information

Tim Hoffman, Faculty Affairs Administrator

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Equal Opportunity Employer

Harvard University is an equal opportunity employer; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions or any other characteristic protected by law. Additionally, as underscored by our school’s Community Values Statement ( , the GSD is committed to diversity and inclusion within our community, which is representative of individuals from varied abilities, backgrounds, beliefs, cultures, identities, races, lived experiences, and perspectives.

We especially welcome applications from members of historically underrepresented groups and candidates with experience teaching and working with diverse communities and students.

Minimum Number of References Required 3

Maximum Number of References Allowed 5


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