Summary of the semester program:
Launched in 2011, the Sustainable Design/Build Semester is an ongoing partnership between Yestermorrow Design/Build School (Waitsfield, VT) and the Department of Architecture at UMass Amherst (Amherst, MA). Based in Waitsfield, VT, and operating for the fall academic semester each year, the “Semester Program” takes up to 15 undergraduates and recent graduates through a process of architectural design to substantial completion. of a single structure, high performance and all year round. While completing a 15-credit course load, students receive instruction in design, assembly, and detailing, and building performance while exploring group processes, sustainability definitions, and contexts. relevant. This full, credited immersion semester in green building and design complements architecture, building science, engineering, and environmental design majors and has broad application in liberal arts programs.
The Design/Build Teaching Assistant is responsible for supporting the day-to-day running of the semester program. The ideal candidate will feel comfortable mentoring students, facilitating studio culture, mastering the creation and basic review of construction drawings to sketch level, being comfortable on a job site facilitating safe use hand and power tools, and have the ability to oversee project management under the direction of a senior teacher.
This position is ideal for someone looking to gain teaching experience in a supportive atmosphere to complement already existing technical skills in design and construction. Architecture students, recent graduates, former Yestermorrow interns, semester and certificate students who have taken courses at Yestermorrow are all encouraged to apply.
• Support faculty during and outside of class hours 5 days a week
• Provide guidance and supervision to students in studio and on site
• Facilitate class discussions, reading groups and assignments
• Assist faculty in evaluating student performance and grading
• Provide resource support in the community living experience (camp counselor meets RA)
• Engage in studio design and site construction, as appropriate, and provide problem-solving expertise in both environments
• Act as an extra set of eyes, especially regarding group dynamics and site safety
• Help coordinate, manage, and meet building tool and material needs
• Occasionally facilitate the support of subcontractors
• Assist faculty in project management and planning
• Help teachers and students maintain facilities and tools
• Moderate to advanced knowledge in design and construction
• Interest and proficiency in sketching, hand drawing and computer-aided design required (Sketchup is used in this course)
• Knowledge of general carpentry shop safety required
• Comfortable and easy to work as a mentor, teaching experience an asset
• Desire to develop teaching skills
• Excellent written and oral communication
• Desire to learn and be trained in advanced concepts in construction and design
• Interest or experience in sustainable design strategies
• Valid driver’s license
• The ability to work with a group in a dynamic, fun and immersive environment is essential!
Taxable weekly stipend of $150.00, accommodation on the Waitsfield campus and three meals a day in our kitchen Monday through Friday. Opportunity to participate in workshops at Yestermorrow on weekends free of charge depending on available places.
August 29 – December 16, 2022
(this includes one week before students arrive on campus and one week after students leave)
Send a cover letter, CV and work sample or portfolio to [email protected]