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School of Architecture, The University of Texas at Austin


The University of Texas at Austin, a member of the Association for American Universities and one of the nation’s premier centers for academic excellence, seeks a dean of the School of Architecture. The dean will provide inspirational, strategic, and entrepreneurial leadership to one of the nation's leading schools for research and teaching in the design and planning of the built environment. Reporting to the executive vice president and provost, the dean serves as the chief academic and administrative officer of the school and will set an ambitious course for the School of Architecture that continues its trajectory of excellence and impact.


The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture takes pride in its role educating and training stewards of the built environment, melding principle and practice to foster innovation while remaining grounded in serving its communities. The school is cross-disciplinary with a strong design reputation and global reach that includes professional and academic programs in architecture, landscape architecture, community and regional planning, interior design, architectural history, historic preservation, sustainable design, and urban design. The School of Architecture offers degrees at the bachelor, master, and doctoral levels. Its disciplines play a key role in addressing complex, local, regional, national, and global issues while advancing a better quality of life for all of society’s members. Essential to this work is the school’s dedication to fostering a learning environment that welcomes a variety of perspectives and backgrounds which are crucial to addressing collective societal concerns.

With a budget of approximately $12 million, the school comprises over 100 tenured, tenure-track, and professional-track faculty members, more than forty staff members, and approximately 350 undergraduate and 350 graduate students. It is housed in four extraordinary buildings located in the heart of the original campus and adjacent to the vibrant western edge of campus.

The successful candidate will present a distinguished record of achievement in research and/or practice, education, leadership, and administration. They will demonstrate impeccable judgment and an uncompromising dedication to academic excellence, demonstrate a commitment to promoting cultural diversity within the design professions and intellectual diversity within the curriculum, an unwavering ethical compass, and evidence a devotion to interdisciplinary collaboration. A transparent and enthusiastic communicator, the dean will collaboratively cultivate, develop, and implement a vision for the school’s future, establish and pursue clear strategic priorities, and raise and manage resources effectively to steadily advance those priorities.


The University of Texas at Austin is engaged in an international search for candidates. Review of applications will begin in February, although nominations and applications will be accepted until the position is filled. It is anticipated that the dean will be appointed with a start date during Summer 2023. References will be contacted only with permission from the candidate. To ensure full consideration, inquiries, nominations, referrals, and applications should be directed in confidence to:


Ben Tobin or Claire Hennessey

Isaacson, Miller


The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.