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Jim Sloan

Liverpool School of Art and Design

Faculty of Arts Professional and Social Studies

I am a registered architect. I joined Liverpool School of Art and Design at John Moores University in January 2020. My role includes teaching undergraduate design modules and structures curriculum for both undergraduate and postgraduate architecture. My teaching of structures develops the link between concept design and detailed design to support student learning about creation of the built environment: this links closely to my research which looks at designer behavior in architectural practice. Previously I was Lecturer in Architecture Technology at University of Salford (2018-2020) and Director of Technology for Birmingham School of Architecture and Design at Birmingham City University (2010-2018). The role at Birmingham involved an overview of the technical studies curriculum across all courses in the school (architecture, interiors, landscape and product design) at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Before academia, I worked in architectural practice at John McAslan + Partners in Manchester, London and Doha (2003-2010) and at Simpson Haugh and Partners in Manchester (1996-2003).


2015, Birmingham City University, United Kingdom, PG Cert in Research Methods
2012, Birmingham City University, United Kingdom, PG Cert in Teaching & Learning in Higher Education
1998, Royal Institute of British Architects, United Kingdom, Diploma in Professional Practice (RIBA part 3)
1997, Manchester Metropolitan University, United Kingdom, B.Arch Architecure (RIBA part 2)
1994, University of Bath, United Kingdom, BSc(hons) General Architectural Studies (RIBA part 1)

Academic appointments

Senior Lecturer in Architecture, Liverpool School of Art and Design, Liverpool John Moores University, 2020 - present
Lecturer in Architecture Technology, School of Science, Engineering and Environment, University of Salford, 2018 - 2019
Senior Lecturer in Architecture (Technology), Architecture and Design, Birmingham City University, 2010 - 2018

Conference publication

Sloan J. 'Early career architects' and the act of detailed design in architectural practice: establishing an effective research design. Emmitt S, Adeyeye K. ID@50 Integrated Design Conference 2016 :550-560

Sloan J, Sharpe D, Xiao J. Exotic event or permanent pathway: how do architecture students' attitudes to working with engineering students indicate ways to nurture collaborative skills? Williams J. learning through practice: the aae conference 2019

Conference presentation:

Imagination and agency in drawing systems: architectural projection techniques in the detailed design of buildings, APSS research transforming the world, Liverpool John Moores University, Oral presentation. 2022

Other invited event:

RIBA/HSE/CIC Healthy Design Creative Safety Symposium, University of Sheffield, 'Education partnerships for architecture' presentation with Darren Cobb (Network Rail). 2014

External committees:

Regulations and Standards Group, RIBA, Member. 2013


Fellow (FHEA), Advance HE (The Higher Education Academy). 2012

Research Grants Awarded:

CEBE, Teaching Exchange, Ian Hicklin (University of Sheffield), Grant value (£): 1000, Duration of research project: 6 months. 2011

Membership of professional bodies:

Chartered Architect, Royal Institute of British Architects. 2000

Architect, Architects Registration Board. 1998