James Doerfler, AIA

Director of Architecture + Architectural Studies Programs, Philadelphia University


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 andAustralia. James is a registered architect in New York and New South Wales Australia.
In Australia, James joined the faculty at the University of Technology, Sydney, becoming a Lecturer inDesign and Technology, interim Head of Department and Course Director for the Bachelor of Arts in Architecture.  Working and teaching in Australia, he developed a research focus on contemporary technologies in architecture and interdisciplinary teaching.  In 2005, James was appointed Associate Professor at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and moved back to the US to take this position. While at Cal Poly he was a Professor of  Architecture and Director of the Graduate Program in  Architecture and he initiated the Graduate Research Studio, which conducts sponsored research focused on real world projects.  At  Cal  poly,  James  was  appointed  the  Associate  Department  Head  in  2010  and  Interim Department Head in 2013. James is currently the Director of Architecture Programs at Philadelphia University and leads a number or research initiatives.
Professor Doerfler has building envelope systems expertise with experience leading multi-disciplinary collaborative teams in practice and academia. James has team-taught interdisciplinary classes and this innovative joint teaching and research has been presented at multiple national and international conferences.  These  classes  have  received  numerous  awards  and  grants  including:  Autodesk Worldwide BIM Experience Award, Arup Foundation Award, and the NCARB Award 2010.