APPLICATIONS OPEN FOR TWO-YEAR POSTGRADUATE FELLOWSHIP 2021-2023
USC SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE
USC Architecture is a dynamic platform for educating and inspiring citizen architects to analyze problems and create design solutions that both respond to the challenges of our time and embrace the promise of a better built environment. For over 100 years, the USC Architecture faculty and graduates have pushed beyond the traditional boundaries of the field to pioneer many paradigm-shifting new practices of architecture. Deeply rooted in the city of Los Angeles and also intensely connected to global concerns, USC architects and scholars work shoulder-to-shoulder with our surrounding communities to develop, empower, and leverage local insight that enables them to become intelligent and intrepid practitioners and forge creative solutions.
From a foundation of rigorous research and inspired design, USC architects and scholars move fluidly from theory into practice. Embedded in one of the nationâs most respected research universities, the School nurtures an environment in which students and faculty collaborate across disciplines. The result of this multidisciplinary approach to practice is that USC Architecture graduates are uniquely equipped to tackle the complexities of the built environment and bring new meaning to a tradition of great design. With over 700 students, 100 faculty, 3 accredited professional degree programs, and 2 graduate, post-professional degree programs, the School is one of the largest and most diverse in the country.
At USC Architecture, Citizen Architects, designers and scholars possess timeless values that connect their professional identity with their personal identity. Highly trained in their practice, these individuals also occupy a presence within the public sphere and civic realm as advocates for a better designed world and as agents of change. Citizenship is not solely defined by a nation state, it is defined by a state of mind, a consciousness that binds individuals with other persons within a community. Design schools must prepare their students for career activities that exceed the myth of the talented, heroic solo designer. Citizen Architects, citizen designers, and citizen scholars will be in high demand as intelligent beings that can navigate successfully between worldsâthe world as it is and the world as it can be imagined and shaped. They will become essential to the synthesis of design with other disciplines; and they will be critical to translating the needs of a broad constituency of publics into tangible material conditions that inspire human engagement and motivate the senses.
CITIZEN ARCHITECT FELLOWS
The Citizen Architect Fellows Program is geared towards recent professional architecture degree graduates who aspire to careers in academia. The Program is designed to expose Fellows to a diversity of teaching and research methods; provide resources to enable Fellows to execute a specific research project while in residence; and to provide a mentoring and networking platform to enable them to succeed in attaining academic positions in their field of emerging expertise.
Fellows should articulate how their experience and prospective work at USC Architecture embodies the ethos of Citizen Architect broadly defined. USC Architecture sees its students and graduates as active citizens whose practices are often defined in relation to the worldâs challengesâfrom planetary warming to social inequity, rapid urbanization to political polarization. USC believes in the ethos of Citizen Architect as a predicate to becoming an intelligent and intrepid practitioner and academic.
Once selected, Fellows are expected to pursue lines of research that can be realized within the two-year time period as finished installation/exhibition projects and/or writing/publication submissions that can be presented in the form of a lecture/workshop. At the end of each fellowship year, Fellows are required to submit a written report on their activities. Within the last semester of the fellowship program, Fellows are required to present their research publicly. The scope and nature of research projects should leverage one or more of the core academic areas represented within the School, including: architecture, urban design, landscape architecture, building science and technology, and conservation. Research projects may be based in practice, theory, technology, history, or a hybrid. Projects may be conceptualized to link with local or regional communities or contexts but need not be limited to research within Southern California. Fellows are encouraged to seek support from external agencies if it appears that their scholarly and creative work will be enhanced by such grants.
Concurrent with their research project, Fellows will teach in the Schoolâs A-LAB Architecture Development Program (an immersive high school program developed and administered by the School in concert with Los Angeles Unified School District) for three semesters. Fellows will also teach in the School of Architecture in one or more of the Schoolâs academic programs in architecture.
Fellows will enjoy all the benefits of being at a research-1 university and will be considered part of the faculty of the school during the duration of the fellowship. While Fellows may apply and be granted additional employment following the fellowship program, such employment is not guaranteed.
USC Architecture invites applications from graduates of accredited professional degree programs in architecture who are interested in a career in academia, possess high levels of proficiency in architecture, and who possess a strong interest in the Citizen Architect ethos of combining design excellence with social impact. Fellows are expected to be in the early stages of their academic or professional careers. Candidates must be within four calendar years from receipt of their highest degree at the time of the application deadline. The appointment is not a tenure-track faculty position. Candidates should possess a passion for studio-based teaching and should articulate their demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion broadly defined.
Two Citizen Architect Fellows are appointed for two calendar years. The appointment is from July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2023.
Award: Compensation/ Benefits
Fellows will receive $60,000 annually in compensation that includes fringe and health benefits. Fellows are eligible for participation in the University health, dental and life insurance programs. Each Fellow will receive a research stipend of $3,500 per fiscal year, disbursed each year of the fellowship, that may. be used for research-related expenses. Each Fellow will receive a one-time relocation allowance of $3,000. Each Fellow is required to participate in National Center for Faculty Development programs gratis to USC faculty and are entitled to appropriate institutional partner discounts on additional NCFDD offerings.
Application Materials and Submission
Application documents must be submitted as a single PDF file of moderate size with bookmarks; maximum file size is 100MB.
Submission Deadline: January 15, 2021
Fellows are expected to utilize the application materials to articulate their expertise, research interests, teaching experience, and their accrued work in areas of diversity, inclusion, and social impact. Please upload the following material.
LETTER OF INTEREST (1 page max)
CURRICULUM VITAE (6 pages max)
STATEMENT ON WORK accomplished in areas of diversity, inclusion and social impact (1 page max)
TEACHING & RESEARCH STATEMENT outlining teaching experience and research project (2 pages max)
PORTFOLIO OF CREATIVE WORK & WRITING (10 pages max)
RECOMMENDATION LETTERS (3 letters sent directly from recommender to Kay Chang)
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