Director, Architecture Studies
B.Design | The University of Florida
M.Arch | The University of Florida
MSAS : Pedagogy | The University of Florida
James Eckler is the Director of Marywood’s Architecture Program. He received his Bachelor’s of Design, Master’s of Architecture, and Master’s of Science in Architectural Studies: Pedagogy from the University of Florida School of Architecture. He also develops, coordinates, and teaches in the M.U.S.o.A. Foundation Design and Digital Media curricula.
His interests and research follow two paths: Teaching Methodology and Urbanism. Techniques for teaching design through Socratic dialogue and heuristic learning have guided the development of numerous publications and presentations. Of special note are those that involve teaching techniques for the beginning design student, and pedagogies for synthesizing manual and digital craft. The other facet of James’ research is in Architecture’s potential to foster community through social interactions of the urban environment. The design of cities is a critical consideration of architecture in light of the social, technological, and environmental challenges we currently face. His interests in Urbanism have led to various presentations and awards. It has also had a significant impact on the development of his studio teaching philosophy.