Spitzer School Dean Search

The Bernard & Anne Spitzer School of Architecture at the City College of New York invites nominations and applications for the position of dean, the academic and administrative leader of the school and its urban research and advocacy center, the J. Max Bond Center. The school seeks an inspirational leader, ambitious entrepreneur, and collegial partner who will articulate a clear vision for the school that translates into a sound operational plan, engages a critical, cogent, and imaginative pedagogy, and enhances the school’s impressive diversity.

Central responsibilities of the dean include:

  • Managing the current endowment and pursuing a vigorous development program to expand the school’s resources to improve its finances and facilities
  • Strategic planning, enhancing research productivity, working with faculty to develop curricula for all academic programs, budget development and management, and assessment
  • Serving as an ambassador and educator to articulate, promote, and advocate for the school and its mission, faculty, students, and staff
  • Representing the school within the college and the university and engaging collaboratively with other deans in campus-wide initiatives and activities

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree and professional license in area(s) of expertise, PhD., or other appropriate qualifications
  • A record of productive research and experience in teaching, administration, and practice in architecture, urban planning, landscape architecture, design, policy-making, or other related professional areas
  • A clear vision for the future of the school
  • A deep commitment to the fundamental principles of public education

History and Vision

The City College of New York, since 1847, has provided a high quality and affordable education to generations of New Yorkers in a wide variety of disciplines. Today The Chronicle of Higher Education ranks CCNY #2 among public colleges with the greatest success in ensuring the social mobility of our student body; at the same time the Center for World University Rankings places it in the top 1.2% of universities worldwide in terms of academic excellence. More than 16,000 students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in eight professional schools and divisions, driven by significant funded research, creativity, and scholarship. CCNY is as diverse, dynamic, and visionary as New York City itself.

City College’s Architecture Program was founded in 1961 as a small intra-departmental architecture program in the School of Engineering and later became a department. Following the commitment of a generous endowment gift of $25 million from Bernard Spitzer ’43, the school’s name became the Bernard & Anne Spitzer School of Architecture in 2009. The school serves a population of approximately 450 students from the city, the country, and around the world who pursue professional undergraduate degrees in architecture and graduate degrees in architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, and sustainability in the urban environment.

True to its roots, the Spitzer School is deeply committed to creating a just, sustainable, and imaginative future for a rapidly urbanizing planet. Through innovative research and interdisciplinary collaboration, the degree programs seek to educate a diverse student body to become engaged professionals, both reflecting and enriching the complex communities of local and global environments. The School acts in the spirit of the City College of New York’s historic Ephebic Oath: “To transmit the city, not only not less, but greater, better and more beautiful than it was transmitted to us.”

Inquiries and Nominations

Confidential inquiries and nominations should be directed through

Position Details and Application Instructions

Position details and application instructions are at

A search committee reflecting the different Spitzer School constituencies, including faculty, students, and campus colleagues will review applications, screen candidates, and make recommendations to the college president. Applications will be received until the position is filled, with review of applications to begin on June 15, 2018. All nominations, inquiries, and applications will be kept confidential until a limited number of finalists are identified for campus interviews, at which point the names and résumés of finalists only may become public.