James has taught in almost every aspect of the Architecture curriculum at a variety of UK universities, including module leadership and module teaching in architectural design, communication, history, theory and cultural context.
James is currently (2017-18) a Visiting Lecturer at the Royal College of Art (RCA), where he is supervising approximately 30 students in the Critical and Historical Studies (CHS) stream of the MA Architecture, Interior Design and City Design programmes.
From 2014 to 2017, James was a full-time Lecturer and then Senior Lecturer at the Leicester School of Architecture at De Montfort University (DMU). Leadership roles held during this time included Deputy Subject Head for Undergraduate Architecture (2016-17) and Deputy Head of Research Students for the Faculty of Arts, Design and Humanities (2016-17), supporting a community of more than 110 MPhil and PhD students. James co-ordinated LSA’s Periodic Subject Review in 2017, managing the critical pedagogical appraisal and review of seven undergraduate and graduate programmes.
From 2012 to 2014, James was a full-time Lecturer in Architecture at Norwich University of the Arts (NUA). He was responsible for the coordination of the first year design studio, first-year history and theory teaching and general academic counselling during the first two years of NUA’s undergraduate Architecture programme. James continues to return to NUA to contribute as a Visiting Lecturer.
In 2010 and 2011, James was jointly responsible for the coordination of the Street Society, a one-week vertical live project between first and fifth-year students of architecture at Queen’s University Belfast. In the 2009/10 academic year, he also contributed to the Taught postgraduate elective Examining architectural practice through the lens of architectural education (ARC8014).
James has delivered guest lectures at the University of Nottingham (Imported from Detroit, 29 October 2014), the University of Portsmouth (Situated knowledges: the live project and participatory learning, 15 March 2013), the University for the Creative Arts (Situated knowledges: developing a ground theory of architectural education, 22 January 2013), the University of Strathclyde (Situating the live project, 27 November 2012) and Birmingham City University (The Modern live project: Birmingham School of Architecture 1950-62, 3 October 2012).
James has served as a guest critic, guest tutor and visiting lecturer to undergraduate and graduate cohorts at a number of other universities, including Anglia Ruskin University (2017), the University of Nottingham (2017, 2018) and Oxford Brookes University (2018). Duties have included the delivery of guest lectures, workshops, tutorials and design reviews. James has also prepared and delivered walking tours of Norwich and Cambridge for students basing their design projects or cultural context studies in these cities.
Examples of student work (2013-14)