James Timberlake is a founding partner of KieranTimberlake. The firm has received over one hundred design citations including the 2008 Architecture Firm Award, the highest honor bestowed on a firm by the American Institute of Architects, and the 2010 Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award.
He is currently involved in the design of the new Embassy of the United States in London, the Brockman Hall for Physics at Rice University, the Center City Building for the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, the Revelle College Apartments at the University of California in San Diego, and the Delaware River Master Plan in Philadelphia.
In addition to his architectural practice Mr. Timberlake teaches a graduate design research studio at the University of Pennsylvania. He has also served as Endowed Professor in Sustainability at the University of Washington College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Eero Saarinen Distinguished Professor of Design at Yale University, Max Fisher Chair at the University of Michigan, and has taught at Princeton University and the University of Texas at Austin. He lectures extensively in the United States and abroad.
He received a Bachelor of Environmental Science from the University of Detroit, with honors, and a Master of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania, with honors. He is a recipient of the Rome Prize, American Academy in Rome, 1982-83. Kieran and Timberlake were inaugural recipients of the prestigious Benjamin Latrobe Fellowship for architectural design research from the AIA College of Fellows in 2001.
James Timberlake co-authored Manual: The Architecture of KieranTimberlake (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 shows a way forward to quality, productivity and sustainability.