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Our design pedagogy is founded on a philosophy of Creating_Making which is grounded in experience; a tangible connection between the creative endeavor and the physical act of making. As such, we are committed to maintaining a foundation in the material practices of design, in promoting intellectual engagement with creative processes, in providing both alternative cultural and professional work experiences, and in fostering intra-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary opportunities for collaboration. The philosophy of Creating_Making encourages diverse research, critical inquiry, and informed experimentation dedicated to reinforcing our core beliefs; a commitment to fostering critical engagement, material aptitude, manual competence, and most importantly an ethical commitment to the real, the tangible, and the human capital that is architecture.

Oklahoma AIA Awards

Oklahoma AIA Awards


Congratulations to our faculty, students and alumni who were honored at the AIA State Convention in Stillwater. Five of the six Honor Awards went to OU faculty and alumni.  

Professor Deborah Richards won the Young Professional Achievement Award. Professors Dave Boeck and John Harris won the International Community Service Award for their work with students and collaborators in Zambia.  OU Alum Farooq Karim won the Community Service Award for his decades of work on behalf of communities across Oklahoma including his service to OU. Interim Dean Hans E. Butzer won the Educational Contributions Award for his outstanding leadership in education. The late Dean Charles Graham was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for his decades of service to the profession. 

Professional Mentoring Program


The mentoring program is a partnership with the Division of Architecture Professional Advisory Board. The purpose is to familiarize architecture students with the practice of architecture through mentoring with local professionals. Several levels of mentoring and support are available through this program to provide a link to the profession to students at beginning of the program, for students at upper year levels and to provide direct assistance to studio and other class activities. Learn more.

Study Abroad in Rome

COA Rome

As Goethe describes, "the experience of living in Rome has the power to change us, to teach us how to really live." For architecture students, the city has a special allure. The city of Rome has played a central role in the development of architecture and urbanism for millennia. Furthermore, the legendary urban spaces, streets, and monuments of the city provide invaluable lessons on urban development through history.

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The University of Oklahoma’s College of Architecture invites applications for a full-time tenured, tenure-track or renewable term appointment in the Division of Architecture at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor to teach a minimum of two undergraduate or graduate studio classes, in addition to a minimum of two seminar and/or lecture courses per year, beginning no later than August 15, 2017. Preference will be given to candidates who have a research and/or creative activity agenda that utilizes the latest technological advances in design, fabrication, and/or construction. A renewable term appointment will require teaching a minimum of three courses per semester, plus limited research/creative activity and more service duties.

Required Qualifications at the time of hire:
• A minimum of an accredited professional degree in Architecture with a Master’s degree in Architecture or related field
• Teaching experience with undergraduate or graduate architecture students
• Experience working in an architecture office or evidence of a research agenda
• Ability to teach architectural design studios as well as lectures and seminars
• Ability to support a collegial and collaborative working environment in addition to possessing effective communication and inter-personal skills

Preferred Qualifications:
• Expertise in digital fabrication, robotics, scripting, building information management systems or data-driven design
• Experience teaching design studios through the use of digital and haptic methodologies
• Experience in participatory design and community design projects
• Record of peer-reviewed research, competition awards or award winning practice
• Professional registration/licensure in Architecture, or a Ph.D. in Architecture or related field (professional registration or a Ph.D. will be required for tenure and promotion)

The successful candidate will contribute to the Division of Architecture’s NAAB-accredited B.ARCH and M.ARCH programs. These professional programs are shaped by an ethos of Creating-Making, and founded on core principles of social and environmental ethics and sustainability. The appointment offers the following exciting opportunities for one’s career path in higher education:
• To work with inspired leadership and nationally-recognized faculty committed to creative and innovative approaches to architectural education.
• To utilize the College of Architecture’s new Oklahoma City Design Center to engage in participatory design projects with communities in central Oklahoma.
• To work in newly renovated Gould Hall, which provides exceptional studio facilities and digital collaboration spaces with access to creating-making fabrication labs.
• To develop research collaborations within the Division and across the College, including accredited Divisions of Regional and City Planning, Landscape Architecture, Interior Design, and Construction Science.
• To work with the College’s students to maintain a strong track record of successful collaborations, including the ULI Competition, the ACSA/NSF Sustainable Building Design Competition, the Compressed Earth Block Research Program, and national and international architecture/construction science competitions.
• To contribute to the interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Planning, Design, and Construction, an advanced research and theory degree.

For more information about our program, please visit and

Apply by submitting the following materials: a cover letter which expresses interest in the position and highlights relevant experience, a current curriculum vita, a statement of teaching philosophy, a digital portfolio of sample teaching efforts, professional research work and/or work generated through critical practice, and full contact information for three references (please indicate if these are to remain confidential). Please limit the digital portfolio submission file size to less than 100MB. All application materials may be submitted online through the By Committee website at:

Please submit questions by email to Application review will begin October 15, 2016 and continue until the position is filled. The University of Oklahoma is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply.