James Doerfler is the Chair of Architecture at Deakin University. He has designed new curricula for architecture programs in the US and Australia and lead research projects on a number of topics including façade design and technology, high performance building, prefabricated building systems and sustainable water projects. These programs and projects have built on the strengths of creating collaborative, innovative and sustainable learning and research opportunities.

Professor Doerfler has building envelope systems expertise with experience leading multi-disciplinary collaborative teams in practice and academia. James has team-taught interdisciplinary classes and this innovative joint teaching and research has been presented at multiple national and international conferences. These classes have received numerous awards and grants including: Autodesk Worldwide BIM Experience Award, Arup Foundation Award, and the NCARB Award 2010. James was previously on the faculty and been interim head of department at the University of Technology, Sydney, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and director of programs at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. He is a board member of the Façade Tectonics Institute and the International Association of Structures and Architecture.

James has more than 25 years of international practice experience along with his academic experience. His projects have included work in the United States, China, Spain, Switzerland and Australia.