Jim has been teaching advanced design studios at the BAC since 1998. The underlying ethos of these studios is based on the idea that there are some things that architecture does well, and some things it does not: architecture has its own tradition and body of knowledge that offers sufficient intellectual material on which to draw. Ultimately it is the role of the architect to provide, in collaboration with numerous others, a gracious framework in which to play out the activities of everyday life. Like cuisine, architecture is an artful means to a basic biological end.
A director at Sasaki Associates in Watertown, Jim is an architect with registrations in Vermont and Massachusetts. Since 1993, he has been working primarily with higher education clients throughout the US. Jim has also held academic appointments at Roger Williams University, The Catholic University of America, and, while attending the University of Texas, served as research assistant to Christopher Macdonald, former director of the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at the University of British Columbia, for a funded project on the city of Houston. In 2010, Jim and teaching partner, Adam Mitchell, shared the Boston Society of Architects Award for Excellence in Teaching.