Faculty of Architecture
Department of Landscape Architecture
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Assistant Professor in Landscape Architecture – Position Number 29685

The Department of Landscape Architecture invites applicants for a full time tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor rank, commencing July 1, 2021. 

Candidates will have a passion for design in landscape architecture and be able to work across disciplines and apply innovative and creative approaches to their work.  Candidates must have professional experience in landscape architecture and/or landscape planning, the ability to teach design studios and practice-oriented lecture courses, and to advise thesis/practicum students.

The position includes teaching studios and lecture courses in the ED 3 and ED 4 years of the Landscape + Urbanism option and/or the Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) program. Teaching load will be subject to the forthcoming Faculty of Architecture Guidelines and will generally comprise two studios and one lecture course or one studio and two lecture courses in each academic year.

The position also requires the appointee to engage in scholarly activities (encompassing applied scholarship, creative work, professional practice, and research) as well as service within the University and to the professional community. Examples of activities and assessments of excellence relevant to Teaching, Scholarship and Service are described in more detail in the Faculty of Architecture Guidelines for Tenure and Promotion: http://umanitoba.ca/faculties/architecture/media/Guidelines_for_Tenure_and_Promotion_2013-05-14.pdf. Terms of appointment for professorial positions are covered by the Collective Agreement between the University and the University Faculty Association (UMFA) and can be found at: http://umanitoba.ca/admin/human_resources/staff_relations/academic/UMFA.html.  The appointee will report to (and be assigned teaching duties by) the Head of Landscape Architecture. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Candidates will be reviewed in terms of the following criteria:

  • Masters degree in Landscape Architecture (or overseas equivalent) essential; PhD beneficial
  • at least five years of professional experience in landscape architecture including recognised design accomplishment at a range of scales
  • eligibility for full membership of the Manitoba Association of Landscape Architects/Canadian Society of Landscape Architects
  • evidence of ability to excel at studio teaching and practical skills instruction
  • demonstrated research ability and achievement, through PhD, publications, and/or creative works
  • expertise in one or more of the following key areas is desirable: planting design, storm water management strategies and hydrology, ecology, social and cultural issues, current digital design technologies particularly Geographic Information Systems

The Faculty of Architecture at the University of Manitoba is dedicated to excellence in the design of the human environment. We offer an undergraduate program in Environmental Design and fully accredited graduate programs in Landscape Architecture, City Planning, Architecture and Interior Design, as well as a PhD program in Design and Planning.  We aim to provide an inspiring learning environment based on ethical principles and profound knowledge in order to prepare students for the complex demands confronting practitioners in the design disciplines.  Additional information on the Department of Landscape Architecture is available at: http://umanitoba.ca/faculties/architecture/programs/landarchitecture/index.html.

The Master of Landscape Architecture at the University of Manitoba is the oldest graduate program in the discipline in Canada. The program is fully accredited by the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects giving graduates formal recognition throughout Canada and the United States.

Manitoba encompasses prairie, boreal plains, boreal shield, taiga shield, Hudson plains, and southern arctic ecozones. While the university is in the southeastern part of the prairie region, the province as a whole affords a wide range of research as well as recreational opportunities. Winnipeg is located on Canada’s Treaty One Territory at the confluence of the Seine, Assiniboine and Red Rivers. Its population is diverse, reflecting multiple waves of immigration. Its urban forest is a noteworthy treasure (though one requiring vigilance). Distinctive historical buildings bear witness to the city’s prominence during the Wheat Boom of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, but today the city and provincial economies are diverse. 

Winnipeg is vibrant and affordable. It boasts a lively arts scene, including a major symphony orchestra, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and Qaumajuq – the Inuit Art Centre at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, which will house the world’s largest public collection of contemporary Inuit art. To paraphrase storyteller Stuart McLean: Winnipeg is a city that can be hard to get someone to move to, but once they are here it’s one of the hardest to get someone to leave.

The University of Manitoba is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from women, racialized persons, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, persons of all sexual and gender identities, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

If you require accommodation supports during the recruitment process, please contact [email protected] or 204-474-7195. Please note this contact information is for accommodation reasons only.

Applicants are requested to digitally submit a complete application package with the following:

  • cover letter providing a statement of interest in the position
  • current Curriculum Vitae
  • portfolio of their professional, creative, and scholarly work including a statement of scholarly intentions
  • examples of student work, if applicable
  • name, address, and email address of three referees from whom confidential references may be obtained.

Applicants are requested to submit their materials by 29 January 2021, and will remain open until the position is filled.   Interviews of short-listed candidates will commence before the end of March 2021.

Application materials, including letters of reference, will be handled in accordance with the protection of privacy provisions of the Manitoba “Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act” (FIPPA).  Please note, however, that Curricula Vitae will be provided, confidentially, to members of the Search Committee.

Please quote the above-noted position number and email the complete application to:

Anna Thurmayr
Head of Landscape Architecture and Chair of LA Search Committee
Associate Professor
Russell Building, University of Manitoba
WINNIPEG, Canada, R3T 2N2
Email: [email protected]

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