The Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) at Columbia University invites applications for a full-time, open-rank faculty position in Urban Planning in the tenured, tenure-track, and professional practice categories. A Master’s degree in Urban Planning or a closely related field (e.g. City Planning, Urban Design) is required.

GSAPP is a school dedicated to engaging and shaping the local and global built environment in light of the urgent issues of our time, such as climate change. With Master’s programs in Architecture, Planning, Preservation, Real Estate Development, Urban Design, and Curatorial Studies, and doctoral programs in Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, GSAPP represents a unique environment that fosters thinking and innovation across scales and contexts, creating new forms of knowledge and practice. Located in the heart of New York City, the School has built its long legacy of excellence as an “urban condenser of ideas,” combining creative experimentation and unbridled imagination with disciplinary practice and incisive critical thinking. The Urban Planning program is one of the oldest in the nation, granting its first degrees in 1941, and has approximately 100 Master’s and 25 Ph.D. students. The Program’s mission is to prepare our students for societal and technological changes and to become visionary thinkers and change makers who are committed to the pursuit of equity and social justice in and through the built environment.

Open to candidates across many urban planning fields, GSAPP is particularly interested in candidates who teach and conduct research on issues related to the built environment such as land use, infrastructure, and urban design; environmental conditions and resilience; and food systems and access. We particularly welcome applications from scholars and practitioners whose work engages with global conditions such as climate change, transnational mobility, and 21st century urbanization or is grounded in urban and planning theories. The ideal candidate will bridge theory, research, and/or practice to meet pressing challenges related to resilience, climate change, socioeconomic disparities or transnational flows. Candidates in all ranks and categories will show clear evidence of expertise and have strong institution-building and communication skills. They must have demonstrated capacity for original work and show promise of significant continuing contributions to the discipline.

GSAPP faculty should innovate their disciplines and enable students to be educated in current and past ideas and methods, as well as support students’ explorations and testing of new ideas. Therefore, we welcome applications from candidates who are able to teach, conduct research, and/or practice in emergent directions. Strong methodological capabilities in the form of spatial analysis, visualization, data science or new qualitative design methods are a plus.

Successful senior candidates (associate professor or full professor rank) being considered for hire with tenure requires extensive teaching experience, a substantial body of scholarship and research, and interest in broader public engagement. Ability to develop multidisciplinary collaborations in research and a strong commitment to integrate theory and practice are desirable.

Tenure-track candidates in the assistant professor rank must show evidence of teaching and great promise in scholarship, research, and/or practice. Tenure-track candidates in the associate professor rank will have a demonstrated record of teaching, scholarly achievement, and show great promise of attaining distinction in their field of specialization. For all tenure-track candidates, interest in and ability to collaborate with other disciplines is desirable.

Successful professional practice candidates (associate professor of professional practice or full professor of professional practice rank) must show evidence of recent (within the past 3 years) or current contributions to the fields of the built environment through professional engagement and are expected to sustain an active professional practice. All professional practice candidates are expected to articulate how their professional expertise and practice interests can contribute to GSAPP, as a means to shape the direction of the disciplines and programs of the School as well as the field more broadly. Candidates for the full professor of professional practice rank will be those who have a minimum of ten years’ experience and who have distinguished careers for which they are recognized at the national and/or international level. Candidates for the associate professor of professional practice rank will generally have five years of professional experience and show clear evidence of expertise and significant promise of continuing development.

Please visit our online application site at for further information about this position and to submit your application.

Please submit a letter of application, CV, a statement of current and future research plans, writing samples, samples of work (research/projects), teaching philosophy and sample syllabi, and names and contact information for three references. (References will only be contacted for shortlisted candidates). Review of applications will begin in mid-February 2020 and continue until the position is filled.

Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran.