Dean of the College of Architecture
Jim Williamson received his Bachelor of Architecture at Texas Tech University, he received his Master of Architecture at Cranbrook Academy of Art, and studied the History and Theory of Architecture at the Graduate Program in the Architectural Association. He has won numerous design and teaching awards and honors, including a First Place Award in the Shinkenchiku Competition for Japan Architect (juried by Tadao Ando), an ACSA design award, two Graham Foundation grants, the 2006 Martin Dominguez Distinguished Teaching Award from The College of Architecture, Art and Planning at Cornell University, and a Special Commendation for Teaching Excellence from the Escuela de Arquitectura at the Universidad de Puerto Rico.
Williamson has taught design and theory at numerous schools of architecture, including Cornell University's College of Architecture, Art and Planning (where he has been a Visiting Associate Professor since 2001), Harvard University, where he was an Assistant Professor from 1991 to 1998 and Georgia Institute of Technology, where he was an Assistant Professor from 1985 to 1991. He has held invited professorships at The Rhode Island School of Design, Rice University, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, Columbia University, the University of Texas at Austin, the American University of Sharjah in the UAE and the Escuela de Arquitectura at the Universidad de Puerto Rico. While at Cornell, Williamson has served in various leadership capacities including directing both the Bachelor of Architecture and Master of architecture programs. He has also developed a series of foreign study programs in Latin America and the Caribbean focusing on the convergence of architecture, landscape and urban design.
He recently co-edited The Religious Imagination in Modern and Contemporary Architecture: A Reader (Routledge, 2011) with Renata Hejduk and he is presently at work on The Suicide Masques: Atlanta/Prague/New York/Prague - Architecture and Urbanism in the Late Work of John Hejduk. Two essays, 'Death in Texas' and 'Dallas is a Story I tell' were recently published in the on-line journal, Places, and the essay 'Acropolis, Now!' was included in the book, Surrealism and Architecture. He has also published in numerous professional journals including: Architectural Design: Games of Architecture, Japan Architect, Daedelus, Architecture & Urbanism, Konggan (Space), Art Papers and the Journal of Architectural Education.
Williamson's architectural and conceptual work has been exhibited in institutions throughout the United States and the Caribbean. He worked with John Hejduk on the construction of 'The House of The Suicide and The House of The Mother of the Suicide' in Atlanta, Georgia and again in Prague, and participated as invited associate curator in the 'Sanctuaries' exhibit on John Hejduk's last works at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Williamson is presently architectural consultant and representative to the John Hejduk Estate on the reconstruction of 'The House of the Martyr' and 'The House of the Martyr's Mother,' a monument to the Czech dissident and national hero Jan Palach, in Jan Palach Square for the City of Prague.