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Maya Gopalan

Mitchell Visiting Professor in Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects

The Department of Architecture, Interior Architecture and Designed Objects at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) invites applications for a one-year visiting professor position, beginning in August of 2020.


The Department of Architecture, Interior Architecture and Designed Objects is committed to the interdisciplinary practice of design while providing opportunities for deep disciplinary focus; supporting the intellectual freedom and the individual creative practices of students and faculty; and encouraging the open exchange of ideas within a culture of critical thinking and rigorous making. Design at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago is taught within an interdisciplinary curriculum and through substantive engagement with external partners in the professional and cultural community. Recent and ongoing projects include partnerships with the Chicago Architecture Biennale, Kikkerland, Argonne National Laboratory, Sight Unseen, Bosch, CB2, and the curating and commissioning of the US Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale. Unique resources at the School include access to several art and design collections within the Museum, and myriad fabrication and production facilities. Further information about the department can be found at


The Mitchell Visiting Professor in The Department of Architecture, Interior Architecture and Designed Objects will teach and advise undergraduate and graduate students within the interdisciplinary art and design school environment of SAIC. The Mitchell Visiting Professor will teach two 3-credit courses or one 6-credit course each semester. In addition, the Mitchell Professor delivers a public lecture or organizes a public program as part of the Mitchell Lecture Series.


A terminal degree in architecture, interior architecture, designed objects, or a related field is preferred. Relevant teaching experience is preferred. A demonstrated national and/or international profile is required. The ideal candidate will contribute to the diversity of the School by bringing a perspective, way of thinking, and/or a unique set of experiences that expand the intellectual conversations and design practices in the various disciplinary fields.


On or before February 15, 2020 please submit application materials at You will be asked to create an account, and then complete the application that is a combination of fill-in fields and uploaded documents. SAIC will underwrite the application fees; you will not be charged to apply for the position. You are encouraged to begin the application well before the deadline. No late applications may be submitted beyond the deadline for any reason.

Complete the fields for: educational background; current position; and contact information for three professional references.

Please convert all word documents into PDFs before uploading. Required files to upload include: cover letter stating your interests and qualifications; resume or curriculum vitae; statement of research and practice; statement of teaching philosophy, including your thoughts on teaching to a diverse student body and creating an inclusive learning environment, as well as encouraging diversity across the curriculum; and documentation of professional work. Candidates may also include separate documentation of students’ work if available.


Questions about this position, application procedures, or the search process may be emailed to Please consult for information on the School and its programs.


A leader in educating artists, designers, and scholars since 1866, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) offers undergraduate, graduate, and post-baccalaureate programs to students from across the globe. Located in the heart of Chicago, the School is one of the largest and oldest private schools of art and design in the country with programs reflecting current practices in art. SAIC's educational philosophy is built upon a transdisciplinary approach to art and design that provides unparalleled opportunities for students to develop their creative and critical abilities with renowned faculty who are leading practitioners in their fields. SAIC's resources include the Art Institute of Chicago and its Modern Wing, and numerous special collections and programming venues that provide students with exceptional exhibitions, screenings, lectures, and performances. The campus is located on Chicago’s magnificent lakefront amid the city’s cultural and architectural treasures.

The School currently enrolls 3,640 students in 15 studio departments and 8 academic departments. There are 181 full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty and visiting artists, and 709 adjunct and part-time faculty.

Degree tracks include the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Studio; BFA with Emphasis in Art Education or Writing; BA degrees in Art History and Visual and Critical Studies; Master of Architecture; Master of Architecture with an Emphasis on Interior Architecture; Master of Design (MDes) in Designed Objects; MDes in Fashion, Body, and Garment; MFA in Studio or Writing; MA degrees in Arts Administration; Art Education; Art History, Theory, and Criticism; Art Therapy; New Arts Journalism; Teaching; Visual and Critical Studies; and a Master of Science in Historic Preservation.


The Art Institute of Chicago, including both the school and the museum, is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for its students, visitors, faculty, and staff, and to ensuring that educational and employment decisions are based on an individual’s abilities and qualifications. The Art Institute of Chicago does not tolerate unlawful discrimination based on race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, military or former military status, or any other status protected by federal, state or local law, in its programs and activities, public accommodations or employment practices. The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

Title IX Coordinator

Lumaturije “Luma” Asanoski, 116 S. Michigan Ave., Suite 1200, Chicago, IL 60603, 312.499.4165,

Section 504 Coordinator

Felice Dublon, PhD, Vice President and Dean of Student Affairs
The Office of Student Affairs
36 S. Wabash Ave., suite 1204
Chicago, IL 60603

For further information on notice of nondiscrimination, see the Office for Civil Rights Discrimination Complaint Form for the address and phone number of the office that serves your area, or call 800.421.3481.


SAIC provides reasonable accommodations during the interview process for candidates with disabilities in adherence with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Should you need an accommodation to participate in an interview, please contact Molly Scranton, Associate Director of Academic Affairs at

Contact Info:
Maya Gopalan
Job Type: Permanent
Location: Chicago, Illinois