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James W Tilghman AIA


Professional Experience



U+ Design Partners

Managing Design Partner

Washington DC Metro HQ


M12 Design DC

Washington, DC

Design Consultancy

Founding Principal

08/2012- Present

AECOM National Capital Office

Arlington, VA

Principal, Director of Design 2007- 2012

AHSC Architects

Westchester, NY 

Director of Design 2000-2006

Skidmore Owings & Merrill

New York ,NY  

Senior Project Designer 


J.W. Tilghman, Architect

New York, N.Y.

Principal 1991-1996

I.M. Pei & Partners

New York, N.Y Project

Designer 1987-1990

Foster Associates

London, England

Project Designer 1986-1987


Harvard University

Graduate School of Design

Master in Architecture

University of Pennsylvania
Bachelor of Arts- Individualized Degree 

Coursework in History and Sociology of Science, Philosophy and Architectural History

Professional Qualifications​

Licensed Architect


NCARB Certificate


American Institute of Architects

DC Chapter  2009-Present

Design Excellence Committee 

Special Events Committee


University of Maryland  School of Architecture
Professional Advisory Board


​Current  Academic Appointments


2016-Present   Clinical Associate Professor

University of Maryland  School of Architecture Planning and Preservation

Thesis Program Instructor and Coordinator

Author and Instructor: The  Aerotropolis Studio 2018-2023



ARCH 797 Thesis Proseminar/Thesis Studio

Thesis Committee Chair


​University of Maryland College Park

Lecturer/Adjunct Professor 2015-2016



Studio Design Instructor ARCH 600 

Integrated  Studio-Graduate School


ARCH 443  Visual Communication for Architects-Graduate School

Studio Instructor and Coordinator

ARCH 403: 2015-2018

"College Park Masterplan and City-University Hall"  College Park MD


Studio Instructor  ARCH 403: 2014

Salisbury MD:  "A Revitalization Masterplan for the Crossroads of Maryland's Eastern Shore"


Studio Instructor  ARCH 403: 2013

"North Beach MD:  Climate Change, Sea Level Rise, and Sustainable Building Practices 2013-2113"

Undergraduate Senior Design Studio

Design Juries

Catholic University

​Thesis Super Jury 2013

Undergraduate Studio 2012

​University of Maryland College Park  

Thesis Reviews  2007-2013

Comprehensive Studio 2009, 2011

Philadelphia University,

Thesis Reviews 2010

Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY   Final Reviews Architecture and Interior Design  1995-2006

Parsons School of Design- Studio final reviews

New Jersey Institute of Technology- Final reviews

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