Career / Academic – Class of 1970
James Timberlake is a partner at KieranTimberlake, an award-winning and internationally recognized architecture firm noted for its research, innovation and inventive design.
Mr. Timberlake received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Detroit, and his Master of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a recipient of the Rome Prize, American Academy in Rome, 1982-83.
Mr. Timberlake is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design, and Endowed rofessor in Sustainability at the University of ashington College of Architecture and Urban Planning. He has served as Eero Saarinen Distinguished Professor of Design at Yale University, Max Fisher Chair at the University of Michigan, and has taught at rinceton University and the University of Texas at Austin, among other institutions.
Timberlake and his partner, Stephen Kieran, were the inaugural recipients of the prestigious Benjamin Latrobe Fellowship for architectural design research from the AIA College of Fellows. In 2008, Kieran-Timberlake received the Architecture Firm Award, the highest honor bestowed on a firm by the American Institute of Architects.
He co-authored Manual, The Architecture of Kieran-Timberlake (2002), refabricating ARCHITECTURE (2004), which examines how manufacturing methodologies are poised to transform building construction, and Loblolly House: Elements of a New Architecture (2008), a case study of a single building which naugurates a new, more efficient way of constructing offsite through the use of building information modeling and ntegrated component assemblies.
Recent projects include the West Campus Residential Initiative at Cornell University, the Center City uilding for the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Cellophane House, an off-site fabricated dwelling commissioned by The Museum of Modern Art, and a housing prototype for the Make It Right Foundation.