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Assistant or Associate Professor of Practice, Landscape Architecture

Architecture / Construction / Planning, Instructional / Teaching Faculty, Visual Arts/Design/Creative Technologies


Assistant or Associate Professor of Practice, Landscape Architecture

  • 522553
  • Blacksburg, Virginia, United States
  • School of Design
  • Architecture / Construction / Planning
  • Instructional / Teaching Faculty
  • Visual Arts/Design/Creative Technologies
  • Teaching & Research Faculty
  • Virginia Tech University

Job Description

Applications are invited for a full-time appointment as Assistant or Associate Professor of Practice in the Landscape Architecture Program in the School of Design to commence on August 10, 2023, or as soon as possible thereafter.

The Landscape Architecture Program seeks an emerging or established leader whose work integrates design thinking, theory and practice in landscape architecture with design of the built environment.

Primary responsibilities include: teaching design studios, as well as core technology and theory/methods courses at both the graduate and undergraduate levels; student project advising; and professional network development. Our immediate goals include enhancing our design, theory and methods curriculum with a stronger integration of contemporary professional practices that address the built environment challenges of today and tomorrow.

The successful candidate will have teaching interests that will contribute site design and planning and multi-cultural approaches to our curriculum for the design and planning of environmentally and socially sustainable places and communities. Faculty will be asked to contribute program lecture/workshop series, and masters thesis/senior project advising, as well as the activities of the school, college and university related to their areas of expertise and interests.

The Landscape Architecture Program is interested in candidates who have demonstrated a commitment to working with diverse populations, the skills to teach contemporary professional approaches to investigation, design, visualization, and community engagement, and the ability to inspire students. We seek candidates who can work effectively and collegially in collaborative and interdisciplinary settings.

About the Landscape Architecture Program at Virginia Tech

The Landscape Architecture Program at Virginia Tech is an educational community committed to discovering, developing and disseminating knowledge related to the discipline and profession of landscape architecture. We are dedicated to developing and expanding greater societal understanding and problem-solving addressing the complex interrelationships between people and the physical environment, and exploring more sustainable and resilient futures through planning, designing, and managing landscapes that integrate design for resilience, people and place, and community-based design, as well as design education and pedagogy.

The program offers two accredited degrees (5-year BLA and MLA), a minor in Landscape Architecture and a Landscape Architecture track in the Architecture & Design Research PhD program. The curriculum reflects a continued commitment to discovery-based, experiential learning, and disciplinary and interdisciplinary content.

Our program is a recognized national leader within the discipline. We are at the forefront of addressing many critical issues, including community-based design practices; design for resilience including design and planning for sea level rise, climate change and blue and green infrastructure; and the planning, design and development of healthy, resilient communities. This work extends from the classroom into diverse communities, and through scholarly and creative works.

Required Qualifications

• A Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture at time employment begins. Landscape Architecture degree must be from an accredited degree program; OR
• A Bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture or BS in Landscape Architecture plus a Terminal Degree in a related field. Landscape Architecture degree must be from an accredited degree program.
• Ability or evidence of potential to teach design studios and lecture/seminar courses in areas that integrate professional design practices, community engagement, history and theory of landscape architecture and the built environment, and which supports practice and design education for landscape architects,
• Professional experience in Landscape Architecture ,
• Versatility in teaching and overseeing the work of undergraduate and graduate students.
• Position requires occasional travel to attend conferences and meetings as well as student field trips.

Preferred Qualifications

• Professional registration/licensure in landscape architecture or a PhD in Landscape Architecture or related field. Applicants that re ABD will be considered.
• Ability or evidence of potential to teach site or foundations design studios at the undergraduate or graduate level,
• Evidence of outstanding design skills,
• Experience in community-based design and engagement practices,
• Experience with contemporary drawing and modeling techniques (such as analog media, Adobe Suite, Sketchup, AutoCAD, Rhino, Grasshopper, ArcGIS, or digital fabrication),
• A strong design philosophy grounded in contemporary practice and a track record of investigating contemporary issues through techniques that translate to a design studio setting.
• Eligibility for membership in the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) or another professional association of landscape architects or closely allied professional organizations.

Application Materials

  • Cover letter expressing interest and qualifications, including summary of relevant experiences and accomplishments, works in progress, or proposed work that demonstrates your potential for success in this position.
  • Personal statement of teaching interest and philosophy.
  • Personal statement of research and/or professional practice interests.
  • Personal statement of diversity, inclusion and equity.
  • A curriculum vitae that presents the candidate’s teaching experience, and as applicable: lists of publications, grants, and, professional projects.
  • Portfolio of scholarly, professional and teaching work (max 9 MB PDF).
  • Reference list of three persons (including the names and titles) the search committee may contact. Including: e-mail addresses and phone numbers.

Additional materials may be requested by shortlisted candidates

Appointment Type


Salary Information

Salary range is $75,000 - $80,000 per year

Review Date

December 5, 2022

Additional Information

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.


About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Julie Weaver at juliew19@vt.edu during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.


Each agency within the Commonwealth of Virginia is dedicated to recruiting, supporting, and maintaining a competent and diverse work force. Equal Opportunity Employer

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