Undergraduate at Kingston University (2021-Present)
Jim currently teaches an undergraduate design studio which is framed by the influence of community and importance of designing sustainably. The studio works on ideas for local sites and draws inspiration from the Community Brain. Projects have included a lido for King George’s Fields in Tolworth, a factory for the Chessington Industrial Estate and a floating theatre located on the Thames by John Lewis in Kingston.
Students are directed towards low carbon materials and are expected to understand and integrate sustainable design principles in all design work.
The craft of building is emphasised and, as an antidote to their academic teaching students, are encouraged to appreciate construction in its raw form through model making and visits building sites. A key aim of the studio is to help students bridge the knowledge gap between designing and building.