Portsmouth School of Architecture


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Dr James Thompson

  • Qualifications: PhD
  • Role Title: Lecturer
  • Address: Eldon Building, Winston Churchill Avenue, Portsmouth PO1 2DJ
  • Telephone: 023 9284 2094
  • Email: james.thompson1@port.ac.uk
  • Department: Portsmouth School of Architecture
  • Faculty: Creative and Cultural Industries


I joined the University of Portsmouth as a Lecturer in 2017, having previously taught at the University of Washington's College of Built Environments where I earned my PhD in the Built Environment. My research has focused on the transformative aspects of architectural education and the notion of transdisciplinary urbanism as a research and teaching framework.

Before shifting to academia full-time, my professional experience included a range of project types and roles while working at various firms across the United States.

Teaching Responsibilities

  • BA1 Architecture Studio, Studio Tutor
  • BA2 Architecture Studio, Studio Tutor
  • BA1 Representation and Communication (Unit 130), Lecturer
  • Support for Undergraduate Dissertations
  • Contributions to BA2 Representation and Communication (Unit 230)
  • Contributions to BA1 History and Theory (Unit 120)


My primary research focuses on the transformative nature of architectural education across academic and professional learning contexts. Based on this topic, I am currently adapting my dissertation research into book format. Based on interviews with current and former architecture students, I examine the ways in which aspiring architects construct individual disciplinary identities through storytelling. This work reveals the holistic aspects of architectural education, as well as the role that particular learning contexts and experiences play in shaping one's personal and professional identity.

Another research interest covers the ways in which the city, as a transdisciplinary set of processes and artifacts, can be deployed as a teaching, learning, and research tool. This is a particularly valuable area of research in how it can help meet certain goals of collaborative and interdisciplinary education.