This is a 12-month staff position.
To curate and manage the University Co-op Materials Resource Center (Materials Lab), a facility providing a direct and tangible means to understand and investigate design and building construction materials and technologies in the School of Architecture (SOA).
Management: Define goals and objectives for the Materials Lab; plan and maintain budget; supervise teaching assistants and student workers; schedule and conduct tours of the facility, as well as deliver presentations on both the facility as well as its contents; oversee materials circulation, developing and implementing procedures for checking-out materials; manage the local cataloging database and website. Collection Development: Acquire literature and materials samples for architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, sustainable design, and emerging technologies. Materials Research and Education: Research innovative materials and related technologies; assist students and faculty with materials research for studio, seminar, and independent study courses; support the integration of materials education in the design curriculum. Effectively integrates materials and the Lab into the existing pedagogy of the school. Proactively seeks to affect and influence the existing pedagogy. Events and Exhibitions: Curate meaningful exhibits that display innovative making or materials application; provide scheduled workshops with local professionals, students, faculty in making/shaping/fabricating methodologies; assemble and distribute monthly newsletter that ties recent acquisitions with built design work; host presentations, workshops, and special events on building and design materials. Public Relations and Professional Development: Attend and participate in conferences, seminars, and continuing education on materials research and collection development; develop working relationships with vendors and manufacturers; collaborate and create partnerships with entities on campus and beyond.
Develop fundraising opportunities with the Director of Development and External Relations. Other related functions as assigned.
Bachelor's degree in architecture, architectural engineering, interior design, construction science, materials science. Three years experience related to research and/or application of building materials in a professional setting such as an architectural design firm or construction company. Documented supervisory experience. Excellent attention to detail. Demonstrated enthusiasm for making/creating/fabricating. Equivalent combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.
More than the required amounts of experience. Master's degree in a field related to the functions. Demonstrated entrepreneurial experience or approach for developing relationships with manufacturers or vendors. Experience in special collections, museums, or fabrication shops. Demonstrated knowledge of computer-based resources and web-based databases.
May work around standard office conditions Repetitive use of a keyboard at a workstation Use of manual dexterity Lifting and moving Security sensitive; conviction verification conducted on applicant selected.