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James W Tilghman AIA

Lecturer/ Adjunct Professor Spring 2013

​University of Maryland

School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation

Arch 403:  “North Beach, MD: Climate Change, Sea Level Rise and Sustainable Strategies for inhabiting the Chesapeake Bay Coastline, 2013-2113.”


The 403 Studio process of research, community engagement, site analysis, master-planning and building proposal takes as it’s subject the Calvert County Town of North Beach, a historical hamlet and 20th century entertainment destination a 1 hour drive from Capitol Hill. 

The studio will offer first hand engagement with the citizens of North Beach in workshop settings to develop master planning and design strategies for economic, environmental and cultural sustainability on a 100 year time horizon. The Studio will culminate in a Building Design Proposal based on Arts and Education programs that will be developed during the masterplan phase.

The Town has sponsored a design competition Phase, in which students will be able to submit design proposal boards for the performing arts center and educational center projects as developed in the latter half of the semester.


Arch 601  Topical Studio: “Su​stainable Skins” 

Studio Critic and Studio sponsor Spring 2010 University of Maryland

Studio Instructor: Madlen Simon, Director of Architecture Program

Utilizing the optics laboratory program from the GSA/NASA Langley projects (J Tilghman Lead Designer for the GSA Design Excellence Program) this topical graduate level design studio brought the students, the client and the professional office environment into direct contact during an 8 week building design problem for an optics laboratory at NASA Langley in Hampton, Virginia.

​The studio format included a site Visit to NASA Langley, and attendance at the final review of the Head NASA Langley PM for the New Town Program.  James Tilghman, AIA, participated in all interim and final reviews, and led student presentation and work critique sessions held at AECOM involving engineering and design staff.


Guest Critic as Jurist:

 Catholic University Visiting  Critic and   Thesis Super Jury 2013-2015

University of Maryland   Thesis Final  Reviews  2007- 2013

Comprehensive Studio Final Reviews January 2009, 2011

​Catholic University  Undergraduate Design Reviews 2012​​
Philadelphia University, Thesis Reviews 2010
Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY Architecture and Interior Design Programs
Parsons School of Design- The New School:  Studio final reviews
New Jersey Institute of Technology- Studio Final reviews;
Columbia University-Studio interim reviews



Arch 403  Spring 2014

Envision Salisbury!  Urban Revitalization at the Crossroads of Maryland's Eastern Shore


James W Tilghman AIA, Lecturer/Adjunct Professor at the University of Maryland's School of Architecture Planning and Preservation, will once again be teaching the Senior Design Studio in the Undergraduate progam. Arch 403 is the culminating Studio in the undergraduate sequence, focusing on Community engagement and design in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, with a special emphasis on sustainable design and building strategies for climate change and sea level rise in the Bay Region. 


This Spring's studio will reprise the Spring 2012 studio at North Beach MD, but will shift the Masterplanning and Project design site to Salisbury MD, on Maryland's Eastern Shore in the heart of the Delmarva Peninsula. The full day Community engagement workshop took place in Salisbury on February 8th with excellent turnout. 56 Students, 5 Faculty members and over 100 members of the Salisbury Community turned out in the former Salisbury Fire Station to explore guiding themes and urban renewal strategies for  the City of Salisbury.

Undergraduate Seniors will be exploring Urban design and revitalization strategies during the first half of the semester and will transition to building design projects after spring break. Graduate students will continue to develop the masterplanning process for the entire semester.

James W Tilghman AIA

Lecturer/ Adjunct Professor Spring 2015

University of Maryland

School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation


James W Tilghman AIA, Lecturer/Adjunct Professor at the University of Maryland's School of Architecture Planning and Preservation has completed the Spring 2015 ARCH 403 Senior Studio encompassing a masterplan and City-University Hall Design competition for downtown College Park MD. The Studio received support from the PALS Program,

and will be a further catalyst for the revitalization of College Park, MD, which has recently seen substantial new construction activity along the Route 1/Baltimore Avenue corridor.


The City-University Hall project culminated in a design Competition jury headed by Roger Lewis, FAIA, in which 5 Projects received recognition for design excellence. College Park is an emerging center for development that includes Public/Private partnerships between the University and private developers for a number of initiatives involving planned innovation districts, hospitality and conferencing and commercial enterprise.


Arch 403  Spring 2015  

University Of Maryland

Senior Spring Design Studio

Envision College Park! Masterplan and City-University Hall Design Competition  

ARPL 401  Fall 2014  Visiting Critic

Catholic University

The Cardinal O'Boyle Foreign Studies Competition Studio:

An Experimental Residential Community  in Ward 3 of Houston Texas

James W Tilghman AIA  Visiting Critic, Catholic University

Two sections of the  Cardinal O'Boyle Studio took the subject of a speculative Housing Community in Ward 3 of Houston Texas, for the Fall 2014 Competition Studio. In October, the Studio traveled to Houston for a comprehensive site visit, and for a mid-term design review hosted by Gensler Houston.  The 200-250 Unit housing proposals were sited on a major interstate highway interchange south of the City center. Housing solutions captured a broad range of speculative proposals that invetsigated the nature, status and performance of the housing community typology in contemporary culture.  A final Super Jury selected

5 Projects for Excellence, and 5 ranked Honorable mention schemes from across the entire 2014 senior class.

ARCH 600  Fall 2015

The Comprehensive Studio

University Of Maryland


James Tilghman will be co-teaching the first year Graduate  M.Arch advanced path Studio.




James W Tilghman AIA, Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Maryland's School of Architecture Planning and Preservation will be the Coordinator and Lead Instructor teaching the Spring 2017 ARCH 403 Senior Studio encompassing a masterplan and cultural venue design  for the Town of Chestertown on Maryland's Eastern Shore. of Baltimore MD along the north branch of the Patapsco River.





ARCH 403  Spring 2017 

University Of Maryland

Senior Spring Design Studio


James Tilghman will be Coordinating the Senior Spring Design Studio: A Revitalization Masterplan for Chestertown MD:

"The Chestertown Institute of Industry and Culture"


ARCH 600  Fall 2016

The Comprehensive Studio

University Of Maryland


James W Tilghman AIA will be co-teaching the first year Graduate M.Arch advanced path Studio.


James W Tilghman AIA  

New Appointment: Fall 2016

Clinical Associate Professor

James W Tilghman AIA has been appointed to the rank of Clinical Associate Professor by the University of Maryland School of Architecture Planning and Preservation. The Clinical Professor position falls within the Professional Track (PTK)  Faculty designation at the University of Maryland for practitioner-teachers.  


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