James is the sole author and co-author of a number of chapters, articles and papers on architectural education.


Brown, J.B., 2017 (forthcoming). Mediated Space.

Edited books

Brown, J.B., Harris, H., Morrow, R., & Soane, J., 2016. A Gendered Profession. London: RIBA Publishing.

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Articles and chapters

Brown, J.B., 2016. ‘From modern construction to postmodern social constructivism: defining the live project in architectural education.’ Brookes eJournal of Learning and Teaching, 8(1), ISSN 1744-7747.

Brown, J.B., 2015. ‘Talking with myself, talking with Paulo Freire’ in Harris, H. & Froud, D. (eds) Radical Pedagogies and the British Tradition. London: RIBA Publishing. ISBN: 9781859465837.

Brown, J.B., 2014. ‘Learning theories for Live Projects’ in Harris, H. & Widder, L. (eds) Architecture Live Projects: Pedagogy into Practice. Abingdon: Routledge. ISBN: 9780415733526 (PB) / 9780415733618 (HB).

Brown, J.B., 2014. Foreword. Da Costa, N. Concrete II. London: Tom Rowland Fine Art. ISBN: 9780992811013

Brown, J.B., 2013. ‘The architect who blogs: notes from on the road’ in Luescher, A. (ed) The Architect’s Guide to Effective Self-Presentation. Abingdon: Routledge. ISBN: 9780415783453 (PB) / 9780415783446 (HB).

Brown, J.B., 2012. ‘We want to make really good buildings and we just happen to be on the edge’ in Morrow, R., Abdelmonem, M. G. (eds) Peripheries. Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 200-205. ISBN: 9780415640305 (PB) / 9780415640299 (HB).

Morrow, R., Brown, J.B., 2012. ‘Live Projects as Critical Pedagogies’ in Charlesworth, E., Dodd, M., Harrison, F. (eds) Live Projects: Designing With People. Melbourne: RMIT, pp. 232-247. ISBN: 9781921426933.

Pirrie, A., Brown, J.B., 2012. ‘Losing the plot: moving beyond text in educational practice’ in Bankowski, Z., Del Mar, M, Maharg, P. (eds) The Arts and the Legal Academy: Beyond Text in Legal Education. Farnham: Ashgate, pp. .37-49. ISBN: 9781409429111.

Pirrie, A., Brown, J.B., 2011. Field/Work, Site, and Other Matters: exploring design practice across disciplines. (2011) Policy Futures in Education, 9(5), 601-611. ISSN 1478-2103. DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.2304/pfie.2011.9.5.598

Morrow, R., Brown, J.B., 2011. ‘Street Society: a live project at Queen’s University Belfast’ (2011) in Beacock, P., Makstutitis, G., Mull, R., (eds). Intercultural Interaction: Engaging in Architectural Education. London: London Metropolitan University, pp. 21-25. ISBN: 9780956353214.

Brown, J.B., Warren, T., 2010. Let loose the loganberries of war: making noise and occupying space in Govanhill. Field, 3(1), 125-131. ISSN: 1755-068.


Assistant Editor, 2013 to date Charrette. Association of Architectural Educators. ISSN 2054-6718. Available online: http://bit.ly/aae_charrette

Editor (with Holder, A.), 2013. Themed Issue: Architectural Education. Field, 5(1). ISSN 1755-0068. Available online: http://bit.ly/Field_journal

Peer reviewer, 2015 to date. International Journal of Architectural Research (IJAR). ISSN 1938 7806 (online).

Peer reviewer, 2013. Architectural Theory Review. ISSN 1326-4826 (print), 1755-0475 (online).


Conference proceedings

Brown, J.B. & Patsalou, A., 2016. Through the eyes of a child: the buffer zone as a space revised through incremental adaptation. Paper to be delivered to the Association of Critical Heritage Studies Third Biennial Conference, Montréal, QC, Canada.

Brown, J.B., 2016. The Global Local. Paper delivered to Digital-Cultural Ecology and the Medium-Sized City, Arnolfini Centre for Contemporary Arts, Bristol.

Brown, J.B. & McGonigal, E., 2016. One to one to one: a triumvirate of interpersonal relationships in beginning architecture education. Paper to be delivered to NCBDS 32, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, CA, USA.

Brown, J.B., 2016. “Inject some positive emotion” – from Liverpool with L.V. Paper delivered to AIARG 2016, Cork Centre for Architectural Education, Cork, Ireland.

Brown, J.B., 2015. W1A: production sites and production sights. Paper delivered to Production Sites: Resituating the Culture of Architectural Knowledge, University College London.

Brown, J.B., 2013. Gaz Bar Blues: architectural resilience and re-use in East Anglia. Paper delivered to the Visualising the Rural Conference, University of Cumbria.

Brown, J.B., 2013. The live project: learning how to design by learning how to know. Critical explorations of new research into the live project in architectural education. Paper delivered to the Knowing (by) Designing Conference, Sint-Lucas School of Architecture, Brussels.

Brown, J.B., 2013. “An output of value” – exploring the role of the live project as a pedagogical, social and cultural bureau de change. Paper delivered to (Un)Common Currency, the inaugural conference of the Association of Architectural Educators, Nottingham Trent University.

Brown, J.B., Morrow, R., McAllister, K., 2012. Situated knowledges: theorising the live project. Paper delivered to the Architecture Live Projects Pedagogy International Symposium, Oxford Brookes University.

Brown, J.B., Morrow, R., McAllister, K., 2012. Negotiating pedagogies: developing a Grounded Theory of architectural education. Paper delivered to the All Ireland Architectural Research Group (AIARG) Conference, Dublin Institute of Technology.

Brown, J.B., Morrow, R., McAllister, K., 2011. Back to the edge: considering live projects as border pedagogies in architectural education. Paper delivered to Peripheries, the 8th International Architectural Humanities Research Association (AHRA) Conference, Queen’s University Belfast.

Brown, J.B., Morrow, R., 2009. Be Bold and Proceed: Fifty Years of Live Projects in British Architectural Education. Paper delivered to the AHRA Student Symposium: Cardiff University.

Selected publications

Brown, J.B, 2013. Carbuncle Cup winner showcases the new student room without a view. Guardian Higher Education Network [Online]. Available: http://www.theguardian.com/higher-education-network/blog/2013/aug/30/carbuncle-cup-student-housing-problems Accessed: 6 January 2016.

Brown, J.B., 2013. Letter: Many shades of live projects. Architectural Review Quarterly 17(3/4), pp. 202-203.

Brown, J.B., 2013. Aggregate ideas. Architecture Today (240), p, 7.

Brown, J.B., 2012. Review: Social Science – Richard Murphy / RPP Architects. Building Design (2035), pp. 8-11.

Brown, J.B., 2012. Review: Club voor kantoornomaden. De Architect (9), pp. 150-153.

Brown, J.B., 2012. Review: Treasure Island – Dualchas Architects. Building Design (2016), pp. 10-13.

Brown, J.B., 2011. Analysis: Glasgow masterpiece under threat. Building Design (1965), p. 5

Brown, J.B., 2011. Comment: Tutors must mind the cultural gap. Building Design (1962), p. 9.

Brown, J.B., 2011. Review: Towards a New Glasgow. Building Design (1958), p. 26.

Brown, J.B., 2010. Works: Scotland’s Housing Expo. Building Design (1930), pp. 10-13.

Brown, J.B., 2010. Street Society: a one week live project at QUB. Perspective, 19(3), p. 39.