Professor of Architecture
Director of the Architecture and Architectural Studies Programs
James Doerfler is a native of Connecticut and his professional career has brought him from New York to Australia to California and currently to Philadelphia. James received a Bachelor of the Arts degree in Art History (concentration in architectural history) from the University of Hartford and a Master of Architecture degree from Syracuse University. While at Syracuse, James was fortunate to have studied under distinguished educator Werner Seligman.
James has more than 25 years of international practice experience along with his academic experience. He has worked with Raphael Vinoly, Richard Gluckman and Fox & Fowle in New York City and PTW in Sydney. His projects have included work in the United States, China, Spain, Switzerland and Australia. James is a registered architect in New York and New South Wales Australia.
James joined the faculty of the University of Technology, Sydney in 1998. He became an appointed Lecturer in Design and Technology, interim Head of Department and Course Director for the Bachelor of Arts in Architecture. While in Australia, he developed a research focus on contemporary technologies in architecture and interdisciplinary teaching. James was the first at UTS to co-teach advanced technology classes with practicing engineers from Arup.
In 2005, James was appointed Associate Professor at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and moved back to the US to take this position. His teaching responsibilities included third and fourth year design and building technology courses, and electives exploring issues of integrated practice, prefabrication and digital production. James was a leader in developing award winning interdisciplinary design studios and using software to enhance interdisciplinary collaboration at Cal Poly. He also developed an updated Master of Science in Architecture program. While at Cal Poly James was the Associate Department Head from 2010-2013 and the Interim Department Head during the year 2013-2014.
James is currently the Director of the Architecture and Architectural Studies Programs at Philadelphia University. He says, “I look forward to developing the strengths of the Architecture Programs that includes Nexus Learning and a strong sustainability foundation. I think these aspects of the program are able to expand into graduate programs and place Philadelphia University at the forefront of architectural education.”
Professor Doerfler is the President of the Building Technology Educators Society (BTES), an international association dedicated to teaching building technology and structures. James is also a member of the visiting team pool for the NAAB accreditation visits, representing the ACSA.