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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Cooper Union's Next Dean

With Anthony Vidler's recent retirement as Dean of the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at The Cooper Union, the school has put out a search for his replacement. Here is a link to the PDF of the announcement, with text for it also provided below. Any guesses on who the next dean will be?

The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture invites nominations and letters of application for the position of Dean, the academic and administrative leader of the School. The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art is a private institution that has been dedicated exclusively to preparing students for the professions of Architecture, Art and Engineering since 1859. Within the larger institutional context, The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture occupies an exceptional position as an intensive laboratory for innovative pedagogy, original research and distinguished scholarship.

The School of Architecture seeks for the position of Dean an individual who can provide the leadership necessary to carry forward its distinguished standard of excellence. It is the Dean's role to affirm the mission of the School of Architecture, while overseeing the continued development of its programs and the evolution of its curriculum. The Cooper Union currently faces significant challenges, which in turn provide exceptional opportunities to reaffirm and advance the School's strengths and values. The Dean will champion the School's interests, both within the Institution and in the broader professional and academic realms.

Candidates must demonstrate a significant contribution to the culture of architecture, through their work in education, practice, and/or history and theory. A professional degree in architecture, regardless of current professional or academic position, is a requirement of candidacy.

The position is a full-time academic and administrative appointment at the rank of full professor, with tenure. The salary is competitive and will be commensurate with qualifications. Letters of application should include a brief statement of intent and a detailed curriculum vitae. Applications will be accepted until November 15, 2013. No telephone inquiries, please. Applications will be reviewed in confidence. The Cooper Union is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer (AA/EOE) by choice. Materials should be addressed to:

Diana Agrest FAIA, Chair
Dean Search Committee
The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture
c/o Director of Human Resources, The Cooper Union, 30 Cooper Square, New York, NY 10003 or by e-mail:

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