Places Journal article by Assoc. Prof. Ozayr Saloojee: Tenure and adjunct systems are colliding

November 3, 2022

Associate Professor Ozayr Saloojee has written an article in Places Journal on the need to address low wages and job insecurity among adjunct faculty, contract instructors, and graduate students who teach in architecture schools.

Dr. Saloojee was invited to contribute the piece, Tenure and adjunct systems are colliding, for the journal’s new Field Notes on Design Activism series.

To read it, scroll down to the fourth article here.

“Current institutional infrastructures of higher education, radically transformed over the last 40 years by neoliberal and market austerities in both the United States and Canada, put (and keep) precarious faculty in profoundly destabilizing and extractive conditions,” he writes.

“It’s an issue of human and labour rights, of basic and elemental justice, of equitable pay, collective bargaining, the protection of intellectual property.”

Saloojee was among 10 writers and scholars to contribute to the journal’s first installment of a narrative survey in which educators and practitioners share perspectives on meaningful change across design pedagogy and practice.

About Ozayr Saloojee

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Ozayr Saloojee is an associate professor at Carleton University’s School of Architecture & Urbanism and co-director of the Carleton Urban Research Lab. He is cross appointed to the Institute for African Studies and serves as affiliate faculty to the Carleton Centre for the Study of Islam. 


He is the associate editor of design for the Journal of Architectural Education and serves as affiliate faculty to the College of Interdisciplinary Sciences at Royal Roads University. 

Saloojee studied at Carleton University for his undergraduate and graduate work in architecture theory and culture and earned a doctorate at the Bartlett School of Architecture in London.   


His teaching and scholarship investigate questions of power, equity, and spatial politics. A design studio on the extractive landscapes of Johannesburg was awarded a 2020 Studio Prize from Architect magazine.   


He has presented and published work in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Turkey, Japan, and South Africa and was part of a team shortlisted to represent Canada at the 2021 Venice Architecture Biennale.