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王聰榮 教授

James TJ Wang
Department of Architecture
National Taipei University of Technology, Taipei, Taiwan

Contact details

551-2 – Design Hall

Office Hour
By appointment




Post-Doc, University of British Columbia, Canada
PhD, University of Northern Iowa, USA
MS, Middle Tennessee State University, USA
BSc, Middle Tennessee State University, USA
Diploma Arch., China University of Technology, Taiwan


TJ is a former chairman/director of Architecture, where he has been teaching architectural issues in building design and education for over 25 years. James “TJ” Wang is a Professor of Architecture at the National Taipei University of Technology. He holds degrees in architecture, engineering technology and education. He has practiced architecture and as consultant at the offices of WANG Design Associates in Taipei and Vancouver. The collaborative and interdisciplinary design explore design challenges related to environmental sustainability to link each site’s unique character to ecologies, infrastructures, and economies on larger scales.

He has done extensive research on the development of design learning environments that are sensitive to culturally ethical issues and the development of context-recognition pedagogies and design strategies for ubiquitous computing environments in the traditional design studio at the National Taipei University of Technology, Taiwan. His current research concerns inquiry-oriented design education with an emphasis on how technology can support simultaneous teacher and student learning. Dr. Wang is directing students in postgraduate work at universities around the world. He is the author of a number of books and articles on architecture and education issues. In 2013, TJ sole-authored Challenging ICTs Applications in Architectural, Engineering, and Industrial Design Education, the first in a series of architectural education monographs documenting endangered Teaching Creativity in Design Professionals. TJ initiated the ongoing series in response to widespread creativities ideologies over rapidly disappearing the essence of architectural education.

As an extension of TJ’s longstanding interest in the innovation of design, informatics and pedagogy in space for architecture, he is currently writing his third book, Being Gifted in Architecture School: An Introduction to Artistic and Philosophical Models Development and Teaching.

Select sole-authored publications: Books & Chapters

2017-20   Book contract in process: Being Gifted in Architecture School: An Introduction to Artistic and Philosophical Models Development and Teaching. (Projected completion, Fall, 2020).

2014        Wang, James TJ. “Citation Analysis and Theory.” In Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology, 3rd Ed. Hershey, PA: IGI-Global. (Scopus)

2013        Wang, James TJ. "Bamboo Walls: Military Dependents’ Villages of Taiwan as Cultural Heterotopias." In Max Stephenson Jr. and Laura Zanotti, Building Walls and Dissolving Borders: The Challenges of Alterity, Community and Securitizing Space. London, UK: Ashgate Publishers. (Scopus)

2012        Wang, James TJ. Challenging ICT Applications in Architecture, Engineering, and Industrial Design Education, IGI-GLOBAL. (Scopus)

2012        Wang, James TJ. "Social Identity and Professional Architects." In Michael Wearing, Social Identity, New York, NY: Nova Publishers. (Scopus)

Select sole-authored publications: Peer-reviewed Journal 

2018       Wang, James TJ. "Pedagogy, Phillsophy, and the Question of Creativity", Teaching in Higher Education. (SSCI)

2015        Wang, James TJ. "To Make or To Create? What Should Students of Design be Taught?", Design Issues, 3-15. (AHCI)

2013        Wang, James TJ. "The Importance of Aristotle to Design Thinking", Design Issues, 4-15. (AHCI)

2011        Wang, James TJ. "Educating Avatars: On Virtual Worlds and Pedagogical Intent", Teaching in Higher Education, 617-628. (SSCI)

2011        Wang, James TJ. "Designing for Designing: Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and Professional Education", International Journal of Art and Design Education, 188-199. (AHCI, SSCI)

2010        Wang, James TJ. "A New Paradigm for Design Education", International Journal of Art and Design Education, 173-183. (AHCI, SSCI)

2010        Wang, James TJ. "The Transformational Promise of Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) for the Professional Education of Architects", Journal of Educational Technology & Society, 206-213. (SSCI)

2009        Wang, James TJ. "Educational Benefits of Multimedia Skills Training", TechTrends, 47-57. (Scopus)

2009        Wang, James TJ and Liu, SY. "Shaping and Exploiting Technological Opportunities: The Case of Technology in Taiwan", Renewable Energy, 360-367. (SCI)

2008        Wang, James TJ. "Rethinking Teaching with Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in Architectural Education", Teaching and Teacher Education, 1132-1140. (SSCI)

2008        Wang, James TJ. "Toward a Productive and Creative Curriculum in Architecture", Arts and Humanities in Higher Education, 277-293. (AHCI).

Teaching Experience and Publications

August 1993 - Present Professor, Architecture Program in the College of Design, National Taipei University of Technology. Associate Professor until July, 2010. Chairman, Architecture Program from 2013 to 2016. Responsible for heading the Architecture Program, teaching undergraduate and graduate architectural design studios, engaging in design research, student advisement, and service to the College of Design. Taught the following undergraduate and graduate courses to date: Architectural Drawing, Architectural Design Studio, Architectural Design for Sustainable Development, Critical Pedagogy in Sustainable Environment, Sustainable Environmental Design.  Participated in College of Design Studio reviews, thesis reviews, and design juries during different semesters since 1993. Professor Wang has published twenty (20) textbooks tackling the fundamental architectural capabilities about architectural drawing, architectural engineering technology and Engineering Mechanics. TJ has also published many refereed journal papers and lecture notes.

Academic and Professional Summary

2010-present     Professor
                          National Taipei University of Technology, College of Design, Department of Architecture      
                          Taipei, Taiwan

2013-2016         Chairman/Director
                          National Taipei University of Technology, College of Design, Department of Architecture
                          Taipei, Taiwan

2013-present     Head Referee, Architectural Professional Drawing
                          National Engineering Skills Contest

2014-2015        Visiting Studio Critic
                          University of California, Los Angels, Department of Architecture and Urban Design
                          Los Angels, CA

2013-2014        Visiting Professor
                          University of Washington, Department of Architecture
                          Seattle, WA

2005-present    Design Consultant
                          WANG Associates & architects
                          Taipei, Taiwan

2004-2005        Visiting Studio Critic and Project Designer
                         WANG Associates & Architects
                         Vancouver, Canada

2000-2001        Visiting Studio Critic and Visiting Scholar
                         University of British Columbia, School of Architecture
                         Vancouver, Canada

2000-2001        Visiting Scholar
                         Simon Fraser University, Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology,
                         Surrey, Canada

1994-2010        Associate Professor
                         National Taipei University of Technology, Department of Architecture
                         Taipei, Taiwan

1993-1994        Associate Professor
                         Cheng Shiu University, Department of Architecture
                         Kaohsiung, Taiwan

1992-1993        Lecturer
                         University of Northern Iowa, College of Applied Science
                         Cedar Falls, IA

1989-1990        Lecturer
                         Middle Tennessee State University, College of Applied Science
                         Murfreesboro, TN

1982-1986        Designer and Production Assistant
                         A.A.A. Associates & Architects
                         Taipei, Taiwan

1980-1982        Second Lieutenant

Architecture – Technology – Education

Most of us are educators and architects, defined by two disciplines. We assume a common socially constructed view of architectural education based in studio and downplay differences in our curricula from school to school. Diversity of approach to curricula, though validated by professional academic criteria, rarely rises to the level of fruitful debate. Instead, diversity and critical discussion reside in the authorial content of studio projects and in the different teaching strategies and concentrations of content found in courses. This diversity and doubling have led some to portray construction as marginalized within our curricula whereas, more likely, construction is more complex than teaching building conventions and includes all that technology construes: culture, knowledge, innovation, craft, building science, and practice. There are many ways of framing architects’ common concern for technology, among them are the phenomenology of materials; the sequence of building; the theory of structures; the culture of construction, production, and consumption; the organization of practice; and the life cycle of a design. Some of these stretch our understanding of technology as phenomena…as culture…as organization. Technological innovations in building construction have had significant effect on architecture and architectural practice. Therefore, architecture – technology – education is necessary to investigate new building practices and either situates them within a historical and critical framework or probe the social construction of conventions in building and architectural practice….(Excerpt from Cavanagh, 2004)

Design Studio

This whole-year course of undergraduate architectural design studio focuses on environmental and spatial considerations with emphasis on the integration of building technology in design and the use of digital media in conceptualizing and presenting design ideas. The course aims at developing both an awareness of architecture within a community environment and an ability to apply architectural language in design. A study of a community will be made paying particular attention to its architectural character and context. This study, which includes basic site survey, will form the basis of ensuing design projects, sketch designs and filed studies.


Arts-based inquiry offers a range of methods to engage in the process of questioning, reflecting, and doing. A/r/tography, is one such dynamic approach to qualitative research that challenges our notions and helps move our thinking forward as architects, researchers, and teachers. Two courses in graduate level will be provided to explore the application of theories of social and cultural function to considerations of spatial layout and design of a particular architectural type and investigate how professionals can develop approaches to using digital technologies to meet the needs of their clients within specific application and development.

An introduction to sustainable architectural research

This course targeting mainly after the era of globalization and internationalization, who is a member of the global village how to integration for sustainable construction and environmental impact of the different values, and through objective research and the case specifying the appropriate solutions, in order to achieve sustainable architectural and environmental similarities and differences that exist in balance. Courses through guided and inspired researchers in when confronted with various issues of sustainable architecture and environment, while seeking human and architectural and environmental coexistence and common prosperity among the three most appropriate manners. Learning process in the, researchers except required made theory and practice case do for research of based outside, taught who while also will by research discussion process in the understanding researchers individual of trait, and pursuant to its different trait assist researchers established correctly of logical system establishment.

Sustainable Architecture Research & Analysis

The theme of the course is "Sustainable Architecture". It aims to provide a forum to examine and discuss solution-oriented methods for implementing sustainable development, and to stimulate more ideas and useful insights regarding architecture development within the context of sustainability. In an effort to explore and map the challenges and opportunities of sustainable development, this course aims to address the various aspects of architecture & urban development in accordance with the principles of sustainability. These themes will address issues but not limit to, architectural design, ecological and social sustainability, economic and environmental sustainability, environmentalism.

Work in Progress

"Being Gifted in Architecture School: An Introduction to Artistic and Philosophical Models Development and Teaching"



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