Faculty: James Barnes

Biography

James Barnes received his BArch from RISD in 1969 and was awarded the Henry Adams Medal for Excellence in Architecture at graduation.  He completed graduate work at Montana State University where he began his teaching career. Prof. Barnes has served as interim dean of the Division of Architecture, Head of the Department of Interior Architecture and is a recipient of RISD’s John Frazier Award for Excellence in Teaching. 

Professor Barnes is a registered architect, certified by NCARB and NCIDQ with an active practice in the southern New England region.  His professional work has been by recognized by the RI Chapter A.I.A, the Providence Preservation Society and R.I. Monthly Magazine. Award-winning projects include an addition to the First Unitarian Church of Providence on Benefit St., and the headquarters for "ITEM New Product Development," on Point St.  Barnes currently serves on the Board of Directors of the AIA-Rhode Island, Ace Mentoring RI and the Revolving Fund of the Providence Preservation Society. 

Academic Research/Areas of Interest

Jim Barnes offers studios in urban design principles at the core and advanced level which focus on urban issues in Providence. He also teaches Materials and Methods of Construction, and Professional Practice. Barnes was instrumental in initiating the Professional Internship experience now required in the curriculum in architecture. Currently he coordinates curriculum issues for Architecture in the areas of technology and professional practice. He is a continuing member of RISD’s Wintersession Committee.

James Barnes

Jim Barnes

Professor
jbarnes@risd.edu
401-454-6289

  • MS, Montana State University, Bozeman
  • BARC, Rhode Island School of Design

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Courses
  • ARCH-2102
    ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN
  • ARCH-2178
    INTEGRATED BUILDING SYSTEMS
  • ARCH-2191
    PRINCIPLES OF PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE
  • ARCH-2108
    URBAN DESIGN PRINCIPLES

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