Studio Instructor in Architecture & Urban Design, HS summer intensive program

Terreform ONE / ONE Lab

Posted 18 days ago

Part Time
New York City
Brooklyn Navy Yard, Brooklyn
minimum fee of $2000 per session (possibly more, based on program outcomes and budget capabilities)


2 OPEN POSITIONS for in-person class at Brooklyn STEAM Center (brooklynsteamcenter.org) at the Brooklyn Navy Yard


About Terreform ONE & ONE Lab Summer Studio 2024

Terreform ONE is an innovator in the field of regenerative design and in working with biomaterials as key components of the built environment (i.e. for architecture, habitat; for urban design, elements and systems of cities of the future such as large-scale planning, mobility, resource management, etc.). ONE Lab is the educational arm of Terreform; we are proud to partner with our educational colleagues at the Brooklyn STEAM Center, our neighbor on the Yard. The class will be a mixture of Brooklyn STEAM and some external students, and will take place at Brooklyn STEAM as well as and will take place at Brooklyn STEAM as well as other sites on the Yard.

Job Summary

ONE Lab Summer Studio 2024’s in-person courses investigate socio-ecological design, highlighting regenerative practices and use of biomaterials. We seek a Studio Instructor who will work with a lead instructor who runs the AM seminar section (& possibly intern teaching assistant), to run an afternoon design workshop (ideating, growing biomaterials, teaching/guiding students in basic model-making) who focus on one of the two following topics below:
-- Architecture & the Environment (environmentally-centered architecture)
-- Design for Future Cities (forward-thinking urban design)

There are two Summer Studio 2024 sessions in July.
-- Again, priority is to hire someone who can do both Session 1 and Session 2:

Session 1, Mondays - Thursdays, 10am - 3pm
-- M 7/8 – Th 7/18

Session 2: Mondays - Thursdays, 10am - 3pm
-- M 7/22 -- Th 8/1

Each of the course’s days is divided into above-mentioned morning seminar sessions (10am – 12.30pm, with guest lecturers, studio tours and similar activities) and afternoon studio work (1pm – 3pm), with students moving between independent project work and check-ins with faculty.

Instructors arrive no later than 30 minutes before designated class time and stay until the classroom is cleared & cleaned (ie picking up all class materials but no heavy cleaning, as there is janitorial staff at Brooklyn STEAM).

ONE Lab has a curriculum that the both instructora can/should adapt to his/her/their own strengths; the program director works with the instructors to complete the syllabus. NB: the Lead Instructor, as the title implies, takes the lead on the syllabus but the Studio Instructor gives input and may be required to assist in prepping the class decks.

To dig deeper into the parameters of ONE Lab Summer Studio: The Lead Instructor gives an introduction into the subject of environmentally-focused architecture & urban design, discussing the imperatives of working in these disciplines in order to help mitigate climate change and to identify ways in which proactive work fights against planetary extinction. This instructor works with the afternoon Studio Instructor to coordinate the students’ design and fabrication work so that it reflects the teaching points of the morning session.

Some class time may be spent outside in observational research, sketching, and journaling for project inspiration; there may also be some guests and/or tours booked in advance by the ONE Lab Director, but these will normally be in the morning session. The Lead Instructor also directs students through writing and other pedagogical exercises that hone critical thinking, and helping students prepare a final project, which is documented in a digital portfolio, with the Studio Instructor working to support these efforts.

The final afternoon is devoted to students sharing their finished project with guest critics from related industries and professions; the Studio Instructor is required to be at the final Thursday morning class, which is in effect a studio session, in addition to the first Monday morning class.

The Studio Instructor is a key position for ONE Lab courses, and will play a vital role in making the program a success.

Studio Instructor: Qualifications

1. A Bachelor’s degree in architecture, urban design, or a related field is required, with a practice focused on fighting climate change and if possible, a graduate degree (obtained or in progress) or relevant professional experience is desired.
2. ONE Lab students work with biomaterials so the instructor should be experienced working with them, in particular mycelium and wheat grass (and possibly bioplastics), i.e. be fully conversant with them and associated methodologies. PLEASE DO NOT APPLY IF THIS IS NOT YOUR BACKGROUND.
3. ONE Lab encourages applicants from traditionally underrepresented communities to apply for this position.

Reminder: Dates

● Session 1 Monday 7/8/24 – Thursday 7/18/24, 10am-3pm
● Session 2 Monday 7/22/24 – Thursday 8/1/24 10am-3pm

Reminder #2: Priority will be given to candidates who can do both Session 1 and Session 2

Other Requirements

-- As Instructors will be working closely with minors, they may need to undergo a background check.

Language Skills

-- No special language skills are required for the position.

Teaching Experience

-- The Instructor should have at least two years of assistant teaching experience or one year of experience as a lead teacher/course designer, with experience in teaching design. Three references are required, with at least two speaking to the design experience, general pedagogical strategies and class management skills

Physical Demands

-- The physical demands listed here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of his/her job. Under the ADA, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

● Ability to sit, stand, walk, travel up and down stairs, crouch, stoop and reach.
● Ability to lift up to 25 lbs.
● Ability to travel extensively within the broader New York City area for purposes of escorting students on site visits and field trips.


This position pays a minimum fee of $2000 per session (possibly more, based on program outcomes and budget capabilities), as an independent contractor.

Applications will be accepted and considered until the position is filled.


Terreform ONE / ONE Lab Summer Studio 2024 is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

About Us

ONE Lab is the educational arm of green design non-profit Terreform ONE. Based at the Bklyn Navy Yard, we're partnering with Yard neighbor the Brooklyn STEAM Center (a high school serving juniors & seniors learning design skills for college or trade) to offer both their amazing students and external high school students a summer intensive program in what we do: regenerative, indigenous-inspired design working with biomaterials (you can see examples of our work both at terreform.org and ONE Lab's own site, onelab.org).

It's important for us to work with Bklyn STEAM because so many of their students come from communities that are worst affected by environmental and climate change crises, so we're educating them on practices & career pathways that will give them tools to fight for their communities and environmental justice. The other students come from a variety of backgrounds: together with the B-STEAM scholars they will all make up a truly diverse learning community.

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