James studied Architecture at the University of Sheffield (BA Hons, 2004 & MArch, 2008) and was awarded a PhD in architecture at Queen's University Belfast (2012) for his thesis A Critique of the Live Project (PDF available here).
James has taught architectural design, communication and history and theory at a number of universities. From 2012 to 2014, James was a full time Lecturer in Architecture at Norwich University of the Arts. He was responsible for the coordination of the first year design studio, first year history and theory teaching and general academic counselling. For the first part of the 2014/15 academic year, James held fractional teaching posts in the second year undergraduate design studios at Nottingham Trent University (DESN22075) and De Montfort University (ARCH2035). He was appointed as a full time academic member of staff at DMU in February 2015, and since then has been BA(Hons) Architecture Year 1 Head and Design Studio Module Leader. He has also supervised dissertations and leads a third year undergraduate seminar course on architecture and gender.
James has been a guest critic or delivered guest lectures at the University of Liverpool, the University of Nottingham, the University of Portsmouth, the University for the Creative Arts, the University of Strathclyde and Birmingham City University.