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James Thompson

Lecturer In Teaching And Learning
Architecture, Building And Planning
cultural identity
urban pedagogy
student identity development
informal urbanism
utopian projects
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James Thompson

Architecture, Building And Planning
Primary Interest
Built Environments Education
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James Thompson


Dr James Thompson is an early career researcher in the area of tertiary built environments education. He joined the MSD's Built Environments Learning and Teaching (BEL+T) group in 2019 from the University of Portsmouth (UK) where, as a Senior Lecturer, he led the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industry's Pedagogical Research Group and taught within the undergraduate architecture course.

James holds a PhD in the Built Environment from the University of Washington (USA), as well as a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Minnesota (USA). His recent book is titled Narratives of Architectural Education: From Student to Architect (Routledge, 2019). This work, based on a multi-year case study of recent graduates, explores the ways in which aspiring architects formulate their occupational identities by constructing narratives of their educational experiences, sense of self, and sense of belonging. By foregrounding how individuals traverse the university landscape while making sense of their professional world and positioning themselves within it, this perspective reframes our conceptions of professional education and provides evidence for reallocating institutional and pedagogical priorities. James served as guest editor for a 2020 issue of Charrette journal, from the Association of Architectural Educators, which focuses on student agency and student voice in architectural education. He currently serves as Assistant Editor for the International Journal of Education in Architecture and Design (IJEAD) and was granted Fellow status by the UK Higher Education Academy in 2018.

Scholarly Works

Displaying the 15 most recent scholarly works by James Thompson.

Honours, Awards and Fellowships


FHEA - Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK)





Lecturer In Teaching And Learning

Architecture, Building And Planning


Doctor of Philosophy

University of Washington

Master of Architecture

University of Minnesota

Bachelor of Arts

Colby College