Columbia GSAPP

Position Summary

Reporting to the Dean, the Director – Curator/Exhibitions of the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) will assume a full range of curatorial responsibilities for the School’s core exhibitions program in the Arthur Ross Architecture Galley, as well as all spaces of the School - from the central floor of Avery Hall to various global sites.  All School spaces are inhabited by thematic and timely exhibitions of student and faculty work as well as external materials.  The Director – Curator/Exhibitions will craft an ambitious program of temporary exhibitions, research and scholarly publications, and will work closely with the Dean, faculty and students to foster significant and sustained curricular and scholarly engagement.


The Director – Curator/Exhibitions oversees all aspects of GSAPP Exhibitions, including researching and selecting international architecture firms, historic documents, or exhibitions for possible loan. Performs research on architects, artists, historic precedents, working methods, global practices and specific projects, as well as the locations of work and documents, photographic sources, and other references.                                              

Responsible for arranging loans, registrarial work, record-keeping and installations. Coordinates and schedules work to be done within the School and without in such areas as conservation, photography, public information, matting and framing, construction, lighting, etc. Conducts daily inspection of the works on view in temporary exhibitions and assists with necessary follow-up arrangements.

Performs work in relation to care of the objects and arranges for custodial, registration, and preparation work as required in the maintenance of the exhibitions and objects in gallery, GSAPP spaces, and storage areas.



Responsible for the faculty and student installation of the annual End of the Year show, which utilizes all available spaces in the School for a two-week public exhibition.  Works closely with the Director of Operations to ensure a successful installation. (10%)

Works with the Communications and Events Office to write materials and articles for the GSAPP website, promotion, and other publications.  Handles curatorial inquiries from faculty, scholars, administrators, staff, researchers, press, the public and other stakeholders.  Networks with peers at other universities, museums, and architecture galleries to foster collaborations. (10%)

Responsible for curatorial staff in all areas of their responsibilities including administrative work in the context of curatorial functions, installations, annual appraisals and disciplinary matters. (10%)

Works with the Sr. Associate Dean of Administration & Faculty Affairs on the Schools Exhibition’s budget planning, forecasting and reporting. (5%)

Perform other related duties, assignments, and/or special projects as assigned. (5%)


Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree and/or its equivalent required.  Four to six years’ related experienced required.

Strong organizational skills and attention to detail required. Working knowledge of Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite, team productivity tools (Basecamp, Slack), and other standard office procedures and equipment.

Willing and capable of traveling internationally. Able to work independently.

Must have an awareness of international architecture firms, trends, and emerging practitioners. Experience working and/or living abroad preferred.  Ability to pursue potential acquisitions sourced from internationally based firms, galleries, and dealers, working both autonomously and collaboratively with colleagues.

Preferred Qualifications

Master’s degree in architecture or architectural history preferred.


Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran

Columbia University is committed to the hiring of qualified local residents.

New York, NY
Due Date: 
Saturday, December 31, 2022
Posted by aao on October 31, 2022 - 11:51am