Jim's Open Road

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Professor of Architecture
University of Memphis

“Establish your own Manifesto. Establish what's important to you.”


Design Engineering


Individualism Success


Building Things


  • Remembers being in the first grade and telling someone he wanted to be an architect.
  • Received a bachelor's degree from Syracuse University and a master's from UC Berkeley, both in architecture.
  • Says his work is also his love-his two great hobbies, reading and traveling, overlap in architecture.
  • Practiced architecture in California for nearly 20 years; did commercial, residential, and historic preservation projects.
  • Now teaches sustainable design and architecture at the University of Memphis.
  • He encourages his students to boil down their beliefs into two paragraphs, write their own manifestos and stick to them.
  • Says you have to have so much belief in what you do that you'd be willing to yell about it to a crowd of people.
  • He loves sustainable architecture, says his main goal is to solve the problem at hand without endangering future generations' resources.

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