Design Foundations

This fall, I’ve been regularly discussing what qualifications are needed to effectively teach first year design studios at both the grad and undergrad levels with my colleagues at Cal Poly.  Our discussions have ranged from the various pedagogies appropriate for the 21st century (is it time to move beyond the Bauhaus or Heyduk?), to do you need to be a landscape architect to introduce the principles of design to landscape architecture students (could an artist or architect be effective?). A parallel – though wider – discussion is over on Archinect too.

The catalyst of these discussions is my participation in the search committee for a new tenure-track faculty member to teach ‘design foundations’.  The search is officially open!  Applications are due January 3rd (see below).  So do you have what it takes to lay the educational foundation for a student’s successful career as a landscape architect? We hope folks with backgrounds beyond landscape architecture (MArchs, MFAs, MUPs, or other related fields), who engage with the landscape will apply too.

The Department of Landscape Architecture at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, invites nominations and applications for a tenure-track faculty position in the area of Design Foundations that will begin in Fall of 2012.  This Assistant Professor position requires a strong background in the foundations and principles of design with the ability to contribute to teaching fundamental design studios at the undergraduate and graduate levels.  This position will be expected to advise students, provide service to the community, and contribute to the intellectual discourse of the discipline and profession.

For further information about the Department, the College and the University, look us up on the Web at

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