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James Brown

Associate Professor of Architecture



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Associate professor at Umeå School of Architecture

I am an Associate Professor of Architecture with a particular interest in critical pedagogy and the role of design-build and live projects in architectural education.

I studied Architecture at the University of Sheffield (BA Honours 2004 & Master of Architecture 2008). My PhD (Queen's University Belfast, 2012) developed a pedagogical critique of the live project in architectural education. I have held academic positions at De Montfort University, Norwich University of the Arts, the Royal College of Art and the University of Nottingham.

I am the author of Mediated Space: The architecture of news, advertising and entertainment (RIBA Books, 2018) and the co-editor with Harriet Harriss, Ruth Morrow and James Soane of A Gendered Profession: the question of representation in space making (RIBA Books, 2016).

I am currently working on three books: Practising Wood in Architecture: connecting design, construction and sustainability (Routledge, 2024) with my former postdoctoral colleague Francesco Camilli; Architectural thinking in a climate emergency (Routledge, 2024) with Sofie Pelsmakers (Tampere University, Finland); and Studio Properties (Bloomsbury, 2024) with Elizabeth Boling (Indiana University, USA), James Corazzo (Sheffield Hallam University, UK), Colin M. Gray (Purdue University, USA) Derek Jones (Open University, UK) and Nicole Lotz (Open University, UK).

I also work with Professor Sarah Cook on the WASP-HS funded Art and AI project at UmArts in partnership with Bildmuseet, UMA, and Umeå Institute of Design (UID).

I'm the course responsible for five consecutive History of Architecture courses in the Architecture program at UMA. The courses provide students with core knowledge about the history of the discipline, including exemplar buildings and architects, while also developing research and writing skills.

In 2021 I won the Umeå University's Faculty of Science and Technology educational award for innovation and quality of education in the History of Architecture courses.

Parliament buildings: the architecture of politics in Europe, London: UCL Press 2023 : 298-310
Brown, James Benedict
Relate North 10: Possible Futures, Online via Yukon, Canada, January 27-28, 2023
Brown, James Benedict
Encyclopedia of postdigital science and education
Brown, James Benedict
Relate North: Possible Futures, Viseu: InSEA Publishing 2023 : 132-151
Carless, Tonia; Brown, James Benedict
International Journal of Art & Design Education, John Wiley & Sons 2023, Vol. 42, (2) : 230-245
Brown, James Benedict; Camilli, Francesco
London: msdm publications 2023
Carless, Tonia; Serjeant, Robin; roush, paula; et al.
DRS2022: Research Papers
Brown, James Benedict
Seattle Metamodernism Summit 2022: Abstracts
Brown, James Benedict
Postdigital Science and Education, Springer 2022, Vol. 4 : 1088-1092
Brown, James Benedict
Postdigital Science and Education, Springer 2022, Vol. 4, (3) : 877-1015
Jandrić, Petar; Martinez, Ana Fuentes; Reitz, Charles; et al.
Architectural education through materiality: pedagogies of 20th century design, Abingdon: Taylor & Francis 2022 : 235-248
Brown, James Benedict
Postdigital ecopedagogies: genealogies, contradictions, and possible futures, Cham: Springer 2022 : 215-230
Brown, James Benedict
Experiential learning in architectural education: design-build and live projects, Abingdon: Routledge 2022 : 9-24
Brown, James Benedict; Russell, Peter
Journal of Architecture, Routledge 2021, Vol. 26, (7) : 1107-1111
Brown, James Benedict
Critical Studies in Teaching and Learning, University of the Western Cape 2021, Vol. 9, (SI) : 99-125
Abrahams, Clint; Delport, Hermie; Perold, Rudolf; et al.

Research groups

Leader of the Architecture and Wood research group
Architecture and Wood

Research projects

6 April 2023 until 5 April 2028
1 December 2020 until 31 January 2022