School of Architecture, Planning & Landscape

Staff Profile

James A Craig

Lecturer in Architecture



James Craig is Lecturer in Architecture at Newcastle University. Prior to his appointment at Newcastle University, James worked as a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Greenwich; as a Visiting Lecturer at University College Cork; and as a Studio Master at the Architectural Association. James is a registered architect in the UK and worked in a number of practices in London prior to entering academia on a full-time basis in 2015.

James holds an AHRC Northern Bridge funded scholarship (awarded 2019), for his ongoing creative practice doctoral studies that follow the title: ‘The Autobiographical Hinge: Revealing the Intermediate Area of Experience in Architectural Representation’. At the centre of his research is a query over the capacity for representational objects to expose the inter-subjective relationships between architects and their tools. James’ core research areas include; the legacy and impact of linear perspective in architectural representation; the schemas of psychoanalysis and how their deployment in architectural research can de-centre or reveal latent intersubjective drives between subjects and objects; visual experience and the integration of fine art practice techniques as a way of disrupting or challenging traditional perspectival hegemonies. James is also interested in the capacity for autobiography to be explored though the dialogue between subjects and objects within the frame of architectural representation.

James co-directs the design research practice STASUS; a studio that is embedded in the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape at Newcastle University. As a practice, Stasus respond to questions that challenge the limits of traditional modes of architectural representation. The practice has published its work in a number of journals and books that include; Paper for Emerging Architectural Research (University College London Press, 2019); Architectural Research Quarterly (Cambridge University Press, 2014), and Pamphlet Architecture 32: Resilience (Princeton Architectural Press, 2012). The practice has exhibited work at the Zachetta Gallery (Warsaw, 2012); The Tent Gallery (Edinburgh, 2012); The Royal Academy (London, 2013), and at The Architectural Association (London, 2013).


MA(Hons.), MArch(Dist.), ARB, RIBA