Associate Director for Campus Architecture and Learning Environments


Posted: 1/26/22
Deadline: 2/4/22
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About This Organization

The University of Illinois Chicago (UIC), a major urban research university with an operating budget of over $3.4 billion, is seeking an Associate Director for Campus and Space Planning to manage the campus and space planning work within the Office of Planning, Sustainability and Project Management. UIC serves over 34,000 students comprising what is among the most diverse student bodies in the nation with 16 colleges, 16,000 faculty and staff. UIC enrolled a record number of students at its campus again last fall, continuing a six-year upward trend. UIC/UIH is a major public medical center and serves as the principal educator of Illinois’ physicians, dentists, pharmacists, nurses, and other health sciences. Visit UIC’s website ( for more information.

Job Duties

Job Summary:

This position is responsible for managing the CALE team and advising the Director of Planning and Design on campus architecture: including the design of facilities, grounds, signage, site elements, historic preservation, exterior art program and the co-development of the campus masterplan; and campus learning environments, including planning, design and assessment of general-use learning spaces and informal learning spaces/ “Oases”. Design review of campus projects impacting building exteriors, public spaces and grounds along with the development of long-term plans for the development of common-use formal and informal learning environments is also the responsibility of the Associate Director. The Associate Director will coordinate with other Planning, Sustainability and Project Management (PSPM) units to review design and renovation plans. Updating and expanding the campus design standards and guidelines in addition to ensuring the implementation of the campus master plan are central to this position.

Job Responsibilities (Essential Duties):

Campus Architecture:

• Develop conceptual designs for campus improvement projects; review and make recommendations on designs for capital projects and non-capital projects impacting campus public space; staff the Design Review Committee.

• Advise Director on campus architecture and design.

• Develop policies and standards related to design of campus facilities, grounds, furniture, and signage; coordinate historic preservation efforts; oversee exterior art program.

• Develop, interpret, implement, and update campus master plan; serve on campus master plan steering committee.

• Serve on selection committee for professional service consultants on related projects.

Strategic Planning and Administration:

• Establish the strategic direction, policies, procedures, systems and work practices to support the common-use learning space program. Accountable for the planning and development of common use learning spaces, and recommending policy and procedures for learning space use and rental.

• Work with the Director on policy level direction regarding classroom planning and design standards by educating and advising on interior design, instructional design, regulatory requirements, engineering limitations and costs.

• Oversee program development and administration, research, design, and assessment.

• Develop financial plans and budgets for the Director’s review and monitor actual performance against budget for the unit’s annual budget plan.

• Monitor, track and analyze trends in higher education and benchmark competitors to develop learning space programs that support UIC strategic plans.

Learning Environments:

• Oversee all projects related to common-use learning spaces – including new spaces and renovations.

• Conduct on-site inspections and report related facilities issues.

• Approve selection of interior architecture elements in learning spaces, including finishes, furniture, audio-visual equipment, light fixtures and art work.

• Collaborate with the Center for the Advancement of Teaching Excellence (CATE) to coordinate AV and network equipment for learning environment renovations.

Marketing and Communications:

• Direct development of marketing and communication materials, including website and social media platforms.

• Oversee and maintain relationships with contractors, vendors and outside services related to classroom design and construction.

Staff Management:

• Plan, assign and review work of staff to ensure that group objectives are met. Hire, train, develop and manage staff to ensure that a qualified staff exists to meet group objectives.

• Perform other related duties and participate in special projects as assigned.

Required Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications:

A Bachelor’s degree in architecture from an accredited university required.

A minimum of five years of directly related experience in architecture and interior architecture required.

Working knowledge of project management best practices, master planning process, programming, conceptual design and learning space design.

Proficient in use of CAD, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign and PowerPoint. Proficient in use of BIM software (i.e. Revit) and 3D modeling and rendering software.

Ability to communicate effectively at all levels of the organization, manage projects to meet deadlines. Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously. Ability to lead and motivate staff. Excellent communicator, time manager and skilled at graphic presentations.

Preferred Qualifications:

Master’s degree in architecture from an accredited university; certificate of registration as a Licensed Architect preferred.

Five years of related experience with higher education master plans and facility design preferred.

Working knowledge of general higher education planning principles and capital planning preferred.

Working knowledge of LEED and WELL-building standards preferred.

Other Info

For fullest consideration, please send a cover letter/letter of interest and current resume by February 4, 2022 to: (Ref: HireTouch Job ID 156586).

The University of Illinois at Chicago is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, protected veteran status, or status as an individual with a disability.

Offers of employment by the University of Illinois may be subject to approval by the University’s Board of Trustees and are made contingent upon the candidate’s successful completion of any criminal background checks and other pre-employment assessments that may be required for the position being offered. Additional information regarding such pre-employment checks and assessments may be provided as applicable during the hiring process.

As a qualifying federal contractor, the University of Illinois System uses E-Verify to verify employment eligibility.

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

Required Application Materials

For fullest consideration, please send a cover letter/letter of interest and current resume by February 4, 2022 to: (Ref: HireTouch Job ID 156586)