Endowed Chair in Architecture
University of Illinois Urbana Champaign College of Fine and Applied Arts
United States

Gertrude Lempp Kerbis Endowed Chair

School of Architecture
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 

The School of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign invites applications for a full-time tenured faculty position, for the inaugural Gertrude Lempp Kerbis Endowed Chair, at the rank of Professor. In honor of Kerbis’ service as an innovative architectural engineer involved in some of the most ambitious modern projects of the twentieth century, we seek an eminent national or international leader to advance discovery and education at the intersection of architectural structures, materials science, and experimental engineering.

Qualified candidates not interested in a tenured position may be considered for a visiting professorial position subject to annual renewal.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or veteran status. For more information, visit http://go.illinois.edu/EEO.

In recognition of Kerbis’ leadership as a woman in a male-dominated field, we also seek an individual with demonstrated commitments to expanding opportunities for women and underrepresented minority groups in this important area of research and practice.


The successful candidate will bring an active research agenda, extensive practice experience, or a combination of both. For researchers this includes evidence of excellence in scholarship, teaching, leadership experience, and a distinguished record of impact. For practitioners, this includes a body of work that has been recognized through awards and publication. Interdisciplinary experience working with peers, partners, or clients is a high priority.

Candidates may come with a variety of professional degrees and from different academic backgrounds including but not limited to:

  • Holding a pre-professional, professional, or post-professional degree in architecture or engineering;
  • Professional licensure in architecture or engineering;
  • Ph.D. is architecture or related field;
  • And/or evidence of equivalent distinguished professional experience.

Preferred experience includes demonstrated excellence in teaching and mentoring in participatory learning environments. Candidates must meet campus and departmental standards for holding an endowed professorship at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Responsibilities and Opportunities 

The successful candidate will play a leadership role in the Building Performance Program Area, the School of Architecture, the College of Fine and Applied Arts, and the University of Illinois through research, service, teaching, and public engagement. The School expects the candidate to fully capitalize on interdisciplinary opportunities with colleagues from across the university, initiate new curricular efforts based on their research and/or practice, and engage both undergraduate and graduate students in original research. Teaching responsibilities may include lectures, seminars, and studios.

The Gertrude Lempp Kerbis Endowed Chair will be provided the resources to support two graduate students as Kerbis Fellows and an additional research stipend for the term of the named chair appointment.

Salary for this position will be competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. The preferred start date will be August 16, 2021.


The Illinois School of Architecture offers a NAAB-accredited Master of Architecture degree, in addition to its B.S. and M.S. in Architectural Studies, and Ph.D. degree programs. The school also offers joint graduate degree programs with Civil and Environmental Engineering, Landscape Architecture, and Urban and Regional Planning. The school also has semester and year-long study abroad programs with universities in Germany and Spain, respectively. 

In 2018, the hiring professionals surveyed by Design Intelligence Quarterly (DI) ranked the school’s Master of Architecture degree program in the top 15 nationally for producing graduates who are prepared “for success in the profession and designing a sustainable future.” The QS rankings placed Illinois in the top tier globally, ranking fifth in the nation among public research universities. In addition, the school was ranked in the top 25 of Time and Money Magazine’s Affordability Rankings.

About the University of Illinois

The School of Architecture is part of the College of Fine and Applied Arts at the University of Illinois, an internationally recognized research and educational institution. The University supports faculty as active researchers in the humanities, arts, sciences, engineering, and design through opportunities for funding and vital cross-disciplinary exchange in the campus’ many institutes, centers, and initiatives. These include the Campus Research Board, the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities, the Center for Advanced Study, the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, and numerous other more specialized centers. In addition, ground has been broken on the new Siebel Center for Design, and the Carle/Illinois College of Medicine has its initial cohort of students.

The arts also play a vital and recognized role in the university’s service mission as a state university, as evidenced by the historic examples of the Krannert Art Museum and the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, each a respected international hub for innovative scholarship and public engagement.

Recent years have found the University renewed in its commitments and investments in ensuring access for all regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation. In this work the School of Architecture enjoys support from dedicated staff at the college and campus levels who can work with students, faculty, and staff to facilitate learning and transformation with regard to racism, violence and prejudice in all its forms.

Supported by the nation’s third largest research library and abundant technological resources, the University of Illinois provides a rich environment for collaboration and experimental ventures.

Application Procedures

To ensure full consideration for the tenured or clinical position, applications must be received by January 15, 2021. Please create your candidate profile at http://jobs.illinois.edu and upload the following:

  • A cover letter that includes description of your specific interests in the research environment at the University of Illinois, your primary scholarly and/or design accomplishments, and your future teaching objectives related to the position (3 pages maximum).
  • A complete curriculum vitae including postal address, email address, and phone number.

After an initial review of applications, select candidates will be asked to provide additional materials that include research and/or practice accomplishments, relevant teaching experience, and contact information for professional references. In accordance with the health regulations of the State of Illinois, interviews will be conducted over video platforms. 

All requested information must be submitted for your application to be considered.

Please direct any inquiries to:

Professor Marci S. Uihlein, Chair, Gertrude Lempp Kerbis Endowed Chair Search Committee
School of Architecture, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
611 E. Lorado Taft Drive, Champaign, IL 61820 USA
217.244.6284 (voice) / muihlein@illinois.edu 

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. The University of Illinois System requires candidates selected for hire to disclose any documented finding of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment and to authorize inquiries to current and former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. For more information, visit Policy on Consideration of Sexual Misconduct in Prior Employment. As a qualifying federal contractor, the University of Illinois System uses E-Verify to verify employment eligibility.

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