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Director-Making Studio

Grad Sch Architecture, Planning and Preservation

Director-Making Studio

  • 530555
  • Morningside
  • Grad Sch Architecture, Planning and Preservation
  • Full Time
  • Opening on: Oct 21 2022
  • Grade 13
  • Job Type: Officer of Administration
  • Bargaining Unit:
  • Regular/Temporary: Regular
  • End Date if Temporary:
  • Hours Per Week: 35
  • Salary Range:

Position Summary

Reporting to the Dean, the Director-Making Studio promotes the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation (GSAPP) pedagogy and student engagement in digital fabrication.  The Fabrication Shop focuses on pushing the boundaries of technology, tools, and material research.  The incumbent manages fabrication activities from small scale massing models to full scale building details.


Manages fabrication activities from small scale massing models to full scale building details.  Guides and advises students in the execution of projects as assigned by faculty, conducts tutorials and workshops on the use of digital fabrication machines and in general promotes the School's Fabrication Shop as a space of learning.  Oversees the new GSAPP Makerspace in Schermerhorn.  Oversees students’ use of a wide variety of materials, including wood and wood products, plastics, and ferrous and nonferrous metals. Supports studio and course work assignments, as well as independent projects.  Seeks to increase student exposure to design and production opportunities offered by a variety of digital machines, software, and techniques. (35%)

Examines the future of making at GSAPP, initiates and maintains contact with industry and seeks opportunities for fabrication research and supports such research.  Helps bring together academics, architects, designers, engineers, and students to explore questions and ideas related to the practices and process of fabrication. (20%)

Responsible for the fully equipped facilities designated for building models, fabricating furniture, sculpting, and exploring building systems.   The Director-Making Studio will manage the budget for the Makerspace, creating a plan and working with Finance Office as necessary to execute equipment and materials orders, ensuring that all expenditures are correctly expensed within the Makerspace budget. The Director-Making Studio also ensures an accurate inventory is kept of all equipment and materials. Will be responsible for recommending proper equipment for purchase in terms of cost, benefit, timeliness and effectiveness. Responsible for all training and compliance matters related to the use of the Fabrication Shop including but not limited to mandatory safety training that teaches students how to work safely in the shop while exposing them to a wide range of tools and procedures.  Responsible for developing and administrating fabrication lab policies, procedures, manuals procurement and storage protocols; the implementation and management of new machines as new technologies are adopted. (20%)

Collaborates with the Director of Operations on the digital production of construction elements and design features used in renovation and other projects as requested by the Dean and in managing/executing in-house renovation projects generally scheduled for semester breaks and summer.  Ability to establish priorities for assignments with deadlines. (20%)

Performs other duties as assigned. (5%)

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree and/or its equivalent and a minimum of 4-6 years of related experience required.  Advanced degree desirable.  Must have excellent communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to work with and motivate diverse groups of people. 

Must have experience with Techno CNC 3 axis routers, pneumatic press brake, phasm and laser cutter.  Must know Rhino, AutoCAD and Illustrator, Techno's software and Rhinocam.  Basic troubleshooting and repair skills on the above listed machines requires.  Good building and model skills, as well as basic construction and shop skills.

Preferred Qualifications

Advanced degree desirable.

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