ENDOWED CHAIR IN ARCHITECTURE + HEALTH DESIGN AND RESEARCH (Clemson, US)
The School of Architecture at Clemson University announces a search for an Endowed Chair in Architecture + Health Design and Research. The endowed chair will have an academic appointment at Clemson University as a tenured or tenure track Associate Professor or Professor of Architecture based on their academic and professional qualifications. This endowed chair will anchor an approved multi-institutional SmartState® initiative in Health Facilities Design and Testing [HFDT] and collaborate with other endowed chairs, faculty and industry collaborators at the Medical University of South Carolina [MUSC], Health Sciences South Carolina [HSSC] member institutions as well as the healthcare and design community at large.

Minimum requirements for the position include national or international prominence in health facilities architectural practice and/or research, and a professional degree and licensure in architecture. Applicants must also hold a PhD or equivalent post professional degree and/or board certification in the practice of healthcare architecture by the American College of Healthcare Architects [ACHA]. Candidates should be able to demonstrate a significant body of work collectively in at least two of the following areas: 1] innovation and design excellence in the field of healthcare architecture, 2] peer reviewed publication and/or 3] funded research examining relationships between health or healthcare delivery and the design of healthcare settings.

The Endowed Chair’s primary responsibility will be to develop, seek funding for and execute collaborative interdisciplinary design-research projects with other endowed chairs and faculty at Clemson, MUSC and partnering institutions. The chair will also participate in the development, operation and/or use of prototyping resources at Clemson University and in Charleston for the execution of design-research projects. It is envisioned that this chair will ultimately work out of multiple research and teaching settings on the Clemson Campus, in Charleston and potentially other sites. The chair will lead a technical review and research committee that develops and coordinates the program’s overall research agenda, and identifies potential design-research projects, partners and sponsors. Additional expectations will include advising PhD students in Clemson’s interdisciplinary program in Environmental Design and Planning, and working with faculty and students in the Architecture + Health Master of Architecture program on related studio and seminar courses. Candidates with a demonstrated dedication to innovation in healthcare architecture and the integration of practice, research and teaching, as well as those who have experience working collaboratively across disciplines, are encouraged to apply.

Interested candidates should submit the following materials in digital format:
– Letter of interest (maximum two pages), that outlines potential collaborative interdisciplinary design research objectives, and how these initiatives can potentially integrate design practice with research, teaching and service objectives;
– Curriculum vitae;
– Names and contact information of three references (one page and no letters);
– Portfolio of relevant professional, scholarly and research work, (maximum ten pages); and
– A proposal for possible startup funding necessary to support research/scholarship activities.

All of these documents should be combined in a single PDF file for electronic submission no larger than 10 MB in size.

Submit applications via email, with the Subject “Endowed Chair Search Committee – [your name]” to Nancy Brown nbrown4@clemson.edu. Direct any questions to committee chair, David Allison, adavid@clemson.edu. For full consideration in this position, applications must be received by March 30, 2014. Candidate review will continue until a qualified candidate is hired. Salary is commensurate with experience.

The School of Architecture, part of the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities that encompasses ten other departments, celebrated its centennial in 2013. In January 2012, the school expanded into Lee III, a 55,000 sf LEED Gold, AIA National Honor Award-winning addition designed by Clemson alum Thomas Phifer. The school maintains three off-campus academic centers in Charleston, SC; Genoa, Italy; and Barcelona, Spain. The school has approximately 375 student majors enrolled in the BA in Architecture, the Master of Architecture, and the MS in Architecture degrees and participates in the College of Art, Architecture and Humanities’ interdisciplinary doctoral program in Planning, Design and Built Environment. In its most recent poll, Design Intelligence magazine ranked Clemson’s graduate architecture program as number 16 in the country and number 7 among national public universities. Additional information about the School of Architecture can be found at http://www.clemson.edu/architecture.

Within the framework of the Master of Architecture degree, the Architecture + Health Concentration includes seminar courses and studio work appropriate for both a general professional degree and a concentration in architecture + health. The intent of the A+H concentration, which is the most structured and established program of its type in the United States, is to develop the generalist-specialist graduate who can creatively work in both modes. The curriculum concentration includes both the study of health facility design and the study of relationships between architectural settings and their impact on human health and well-being. The primary purpose of the concentration is to study how architectural environments impact health and how to create architectural settings that support the health and well-being of individuals and larger populations. Additional information about Architecture + Health can be found at http://www.clemson.edu/caah/architecture/architecture-plus-health/index.html

Clemson University is a top 25 public research university and ranked 11th across all university categories in its commitment to quality teaching. Clemson is designated as a high research activity institution with strong community engagement by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Founded in 1889, Clemson is the land grant institution of South Carolina with more than 19,000 students in over 200 degree programs. Located in the Upstate of South Carolina, the city of Clemson provides a small college-town setting on the shores of Lake Hartwell, near both the scenic foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the metropolitan areas of Greenville-Spartanburg, SC; Asheville and Charlotte, NC; and Atlanta, GA. Additional information about the Clemson University can be found at: http://www.clemson.edu/.