Chair of the Department of Architecture - University of Hartford
Jim is the Chair of the Department of Architecture at the University of Hartford, an Associate Professor of Architecture, and Director of the Undergraduate Degree Program. His teaching is centered on the design studio – Architectural Design II, Architectural Design III, Architectural Design IV, and Architectural Design V. He also teaches the undergraduate Senior Design Thesis. In addition, he has taught Materials and Methods of Construction, Construction Documents, Architectural Programming, Building Systems (MEP Systems), and Housing and Urban Design.
He is also the Director of the Center for Integrated Design at the University of Hartford. The mission of the Center for Integrated Design (CID) is to provide multi-disciplinary solutions to communities and organizations through an integrated design and business strategy using a team of faculty, adjunct professionals and University of Hartford students.
Jim’s roles at the University of Hartford extend beyond the classroom. He currently serves on the President’s Commission on Full-Time Faculty Compensation, the Strategic Partnership Council, the University Budget Advisory Team, the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture Promotion, Tenure, Reappointment, and Academic Freedom Committee, and the Strategic Planning Goal 2 Task Force. His previous service includes the Chair of the Faculty Senate as well as numerous Faculty Senate Committee memberships and Chairs.
A licensed architect for over 30 years, Jim has extensive experience in architecture firms in Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Missouri, including JCJArchitecture, Schoenhardt Architects, and the BBC Companies, specializing in educational facilities and financial institutions. His range of roles includes designer, project manager, project architect, and director of digital practice. He currently practices through his own consulting firm.
His research foci are on the impact and integration of technology to the design and documentation process in architectural practice, and the design process inherent in vernacular architecture.
Jim has been active with the Construction Institute for over 20 years including serving on the Education Committee and Executive Board. He has also held leadership roles with AIA Connecticut including President, Vice-President and Commissioner of Design and remains active in the profession.