University of Southern California — Dean, School of Architecture

The University of Southern California (USC), one of the world’s leading private research institutions, seeks a Dean for its nationally recognized School of Architecture. The USC School of Architecture is dedicated to educating the future leaders of the design professions. It promotes cutting-edge research, design, and technology while emphasizing the importance of a strong commitment to social and environmental justice. USC School of Architecture trains design professionals, scholars, and citizen architects who are deeply committed to making the world a more just and inspiring place.

USC School of Architecture is a hub of research, creative production, and instruction in architectural and product design; global cities, landscapes, and processes of urbanization; heritage conservation and critical heritage studies; and innovative building technologies. With deep roots in the city of Los Angeles and a network of global partners, USC School of Architecture is dedicated to forging creative solutions to local and global issues. Working shoulder to shoulder with our surrounding communities, the School’s faculty and students empower stakeholders and leverage local insight to solve pressing questions and dream of better futures.

For over 100 years, USC Architecture and its alumni have pushed beyond traditional boundaries to pioneer paradigm shifts in architecture, landscape architecture, building science, and heritage conservation. Embedded in one of the nation’s leading research universities with 21 other schools, the School fosters an environment in which students and faculty collaborate across disciplines. Equipped with rigorous training in research, theory, and design, graduates of USC School of Architecture are empowered to tackle the complexities of today and envision more sustainable and equitable possibilities for tomorrow.

The School currently supports four primary academic disciplines: Architecture, Building Science, Heritage Conservation, and Landscape Architecture. Its academic programs merge rigorous design education and research with new proficiencies in cultural theory, computational technologies, product design, geodesign, and urbanism. 

The USC School of Architecture Dean reports to the Provost and serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the School. The Dean works closely with the Provost, other members of the Provost’s leadership team, the School’s staff, and leaders of centers, labs and initiatives to ensure that the strategic direction and policies of the School are aligned with its academic mission and the greater mission of USC. The Dean provides executive oversight of all aspects of the School, including academic programs, enrollment management, faculty and staff development, external relations and partnerships, fundraising, operational effectiveness, financial planning, and capital improvements.

Additional information about the Dean Position and the USC School of Architecture can be found on the Provost’s Dean Search website, the formal Position Specification and on the USC School of Architecture website. 

The University invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for the position of Dean of the USC School of Architecture. Interested individuals should provide an electronic version of their curriculum vitae along with a bullet point summary of key accomplishments in each leadership role held. The University of Southern California has retained Ilene H. Nagel, Steven R. Lerman and Charles E. Kaler of Education Executives, LLC to assist with this search. Confidential inquiries, nominations, and applications should be sent via e-mail to:

Ilene H. Nagel, Steven R. Lerman & Charles E. Kaler
Education Executives, LLC

The University of Southern California is an equal opportunity, affirmative action educator and employer, proudly pluralistic and firmly committed to providing education and employment opportunities to outstanding, qualified individuals with diverse backgrounds and experience. The University strives to maintain a welcoming community in which all its members may live, work and learn in peace and dignity, be proud of who they are, and have equal opportunity to realize their full potential as individuals and members of society. To this end, the University places great emphasis on those values and virtues that bind us together as human beings and members of the Trojan community. The University enthusiastically supports the principles of affirmative action and equal opportunity in their entirety, and expects that every person associated with the University will give continuing support to their implementation.