Name: Dr. Jim Harrison
Position: Senior Lecturer
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Dr. Jim Harrison joined the Cork Centre for Architectural Education in April 2007 to teach on the new BSc (Hons) Architecture programme. Prior to this he taught First Year Architectural Design at Queen's University in Belfast for three years.
Jim graduated with BArch (Hons) from the University of Sheffield (more years ago than he cares to remember) and is a Qualified UK Architect. He started his practical experience at Peterborough New Town in England and worked in practice in Zambia and Malawi. He began teaching design at the Portsmouth School of Architecture and then had 18 years at the School of Architecture, National University of Singapore, where he was Associate Professor, teaching studio design and lecturing at all levels in both Bachelors and Masters courses. When his contract with NUS ended he took a ‘gap year’, travelling in Asia and lecturing in Australia, Pakistan and Vietnam.
Having particular research interests in user-friendly design for ageing and disability, Jim is proud to have played a part in promoting these topics in Southeast Asia; he has regularly been an invited United Nations Expert for the Economic and Social Commission for the Asia Pacific Region in Bangkok, running regional training programmes for design professionals as well as advising the Singapore Construction Authority on their Code on accessible buildings. Over the years he has published and researched widely on these topics and, on the strength of related publications, he was awarded a Higher Doctorate (LittD) by the University of Sheffield in 2003.
As a teacher committed to improving standards of design in the built environment he has contributed to successful course development, the design of subject modules and innovative teaching techniques for architectural design, including integrating technological aspects and working with specialists to make these topics meaningful and applicable in design education. He is inclined to follow Edwin Lutyens’ maxim that “Architecture is always serious, but seldom solemn.”
He hopes to continue these initiatives and finds the prospect of being part of a developing school of architecture an exciting challenge and he is enjoying the opportunity to live and work in Cork as well as discovering more of the culture and landscape of Ireland.