James has taught architectural design, communication and history and theory at a number of universities. He is currently a Senior Lecturer and Deputy Subject Head for Undergraduate Architecture at the Leicester School of Architecture. He has delivered teaching in Architectural Design, History & Theory, and Cultural Context at all levels of the school’s BA (RIBA Part I) and MArch (RIBA Part II) courses. For 2016/17, James is also Deputy Head of Research Students for the Faculty of Arts, Design and Humanities, overseeing a research community of more than 110 PhD students.
Prior to his appointment at DMU James has held fractional teaching posts in the second year undergraduate design studios at Nottingham Trent University and De Montfort University.
From 2012 to 2014, James was a full time Lecturer in Architecture at Norwich University of the Arts. He was responsible for the coordination of the first year design studio, first year history and theory teaching and general academic counselling.
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).