Dean, School of Architecture

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Pratt Institute School of Architecture

New York, NY




Pratt Institute (Pratt) invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean of the School of Architecture. Reporting to the provost, the Dean is the chief academic and executive officer within the School and will join a cohort of deans and leaders across Pratt in shaping the future direction of the Institute. The next Dean will be a leader who will work closely with the School’s faculty, staff, and students—and with colleagues from across the Institute—to articulate priorities, opportunities, and ambitions; provide intellectual and programmatic engagement; and implement creative, collaborative, and innovative strategies to further strengthen the students’ educational experience and the reputation of the School.


Founded in 1887, Pratt is a long-time leader in education for the creative sector, enrolling over 5,000 students across its schools of Design, Art, Architecture, Information, Liberal Arts & Sciences, and Continuing & Professional Studies. Pratt is home to one of the nation’s top ranked and largest schools of architecture, which enrolls over 1,100 students and 295 full and part-time faculty. The School of Architecture offers 4 undergraduate and 11 graduate degrees through four departments: Undergraduate Architecture, Graduate Architecture and Urban Design, the Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment, and Construction Management / Facilities Management / Real Estate Practice.


The Dean will build upon longstanding strengths in design excellence, community engagement, and sustainability and recent investments in student engagement, social justice, and cross-disciplinary practice. The Dean will provide leadership and support to enhance teaching and research within the School, collaborate with other units on campus, and further develop a diverse, cohesive, and high-performing community. The next Dean will work within the School of Architecture, the Institute, and the broader community to educate students who graduate ready to deploy exceptional technical and creative skills to address the pressing social and environmental needs of our time. Candidates for this position will ideally hold a terminal degree in one of the disciplines taught within the School and demonstrate a track record of research, creative practice, or significant equivalent professional activity appropriate for appointment as a full professor with tenure. The Dean will bring an inclusive and collaborative leadership style that inspires faculty, students, and staff to develop a shared vision for the future.


A search committee of Pratt faculty members and academic leaders has been formed to conduct the search, assisted by the national executive search firm Isaacson, Miller. All applications, inquiries, and nominations should be directed in confidence to the search firm as indicated at the end of this document.

The salary range for this position is $265,000 – $295,000 commensurate with experience.


Applications, Inquiries, and Nominations


Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the completion of the search process. Inquiries, nominations, referrals, and CVs with cover letters will be handled in confidence and should be sent via the Isaacson, Miller website for the search: Electronic submission of materials is strongly encouraged.


Ben Tobin, Partner

 Nella Young, Senior Associate

Isaacson, Miller

263 Summer Street

Boston, MA 02210

Pratt Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer and recognizes and values the benefits of a diverse workforce. At Pratt Institute, diversity is represented by a mosaic of individuals from a variety of races, ethnicities, religions, gender expressions, sexualities, geographic backgrounds, cultures, ages, abilities, and socioeconomic groups. As a leading college of art and design devoted to a creative learning community, Pratt recognizes the strength that stems from a diversity of perspectives, values, ideas, backgrounds, styles, approaches, experiences, and beliefs. Pratt is situated on Lenapehoking, the traditional and unceded homeland of the Lenape people. Learn more about Pratt’s Living Land Acknowledgment.