Call for Proposals: Focus Studio 2024
Kennesaw State University, Department of Architecture, located in the Atlanta metropolitan
area, is currently seeking proposals for Fifth-Year Focus Studios during the Fall
semester of 2024. The Fifth-Year Focus Studios are intended to introduce the student
to design research and its application while adhering to creativity, critical thinking,
processes of making, and constructability. The annual Focus Studio is an intrinsic
part of the professional core of the Architecture Program and is designed to foster
a strong relationship between the program, our students, and the profession as a whole.
All qualified fifth-year students have the option to select a studio critic who will
broaden areas of specific interest in a subject-based studio designed to concentrate
on the essential and pivotal issues of our era.
Submittals for teaching Focus Studios are open to all design professionals and educators. The ideal candidate is one who is currently engaged in an innovative body of work that informs architectural design. The successful prospectus is one that engages the educational forum as a means of advancing research toward its eventual application in practice. The KSU Department of Architecture recognizes that such critical research is broad and diverse in scope and may include innovative approaches in specific or multidisciplinary areas of design. Throughout the past years, students’ interest has comprehensively focused on Health + Well-being, Critical Education, Urban Ecologies, and Grand Challenges in terms of sustainable communities, or tackling critical issues like healthcare innovations, resource depletion (such as water material, or food resources), pollution reductions (water and/or air quality), environmental degradation, equity and access issues, economic decline, intersectionality and marginality, ecosystem resourcing or wildland interfacing, disaster recovery and/or resilient design, etc.). The 2024 call for proposals invites members of the design community to propose how such research can be critically applied in an architecture studio.
|To advance design excellence through applied research within the fifth-year studio environment of the Architecture Department of Kennesaw State University. This studio provides support for the KSU R2 classification via departmental curriculum integration. The course is associated with NAAB program criteria PC1, PC2, PC3, PC5, and PC7.
|Studio work will be formally discussed and presented publicly to the KSU community
and beyond at the Focus Studio X-Change forum by the end of the semester.
|We will be seeking both internal and external positions. Priority will be given to applicants with successful records of applicable design + research with practice and/or academic experience. Applicants selected for the part-time faculty position of Focus Studio Critic during one semester -- The Focus Studio will be scheduled on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 2:30 PM to 5:50 PM for sixteen consecutive weeks unless an otherwise proposed option is viable and approved by the Chair of Architecture. Partnerships with professional architectural firms in situ can be proposed.
External Candidate Eligibility
- External candidates must hold the terminal degree of Master in Architecture or higher.
- Foreign nationals must hold valid U.S. work visas prior to hire. The institution will not proceed with the candidates’ visa authorization.
- External applicants selected will be offered compensation for the semester (TBD).
All interested design professionals and educators are invited to submit their Phase
1 Application to the Focus Studio Committee by Tuesday, January 30, 2024 (11.59 PM EST). This will be the first of two phases in the selection process; the first set of
documents will be reviewed by the committee and shortlisted for the Phase 2 Application
to develop course proposals.
Submission - Phase 1 Application
- A Letter of Intent (two-page maximum) that introduces your design research work and interests. The letter of intent should also include a clear statement defining the proposed studio project narrative and objectives to be developed as a Focus Studio.
- A Resume/Current CV
- A Design-Research Portfolio (five-page maximum) illustrating examples of professional and/or academic work you
have been engaged in. Examples may include but are not limited to, built projects,
competition designs, prototypes, teaching work, and installations. If submitting work
that was part of a collaborative project, please list your collaborators and clearly
state your role in the project.
A detailed syllabus will be required upon the selection.
Call for Proposal
Submit Application to Craig Anz, Dept. of Architecture Chair
Note: The Unofficial Academic Transcripts are not part of the requirements at this stage.
For further information and questions about the Focus Studio position, please contact
the committee chair Dr. Pegah Zamani.