James Khamsi

Adjunct Assistant Professor


Educational Credentials :

  • M.Arch., with Distinction, Harvard University
  • B.Arch., Cornell University

Teaching Experience :

  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, City College of New York, 2016-present
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, 2014-present
  • Visiting Critic, Cornell University College of Architecture, Art and Planning, 2013
  • Visiting Design Critic, Harvard Graduate School of Design, 2012, 2014, 2015

Professional Experience :

  • Principal, FIRM Architecture and Design, New York, NY, 2011-present
  • Foreign Office Architects, London, UK, 2006-2010

Licenses/Registration :

  • Architecture License, Massachusetts

Selected Publications and Recent Research :

  • James Khamsi and Richard Sommer eds, HUBURBS: Transit and Urbanism in the Greater Toronto Hamilton Area, (Toronto: University of Toronto, 2012).
  • “Lessons Learned: Quandaries posed by Learning from Las Vegas and Delirious New York,” MAS CONTEXT 25-26 / Legacy Spring-Summer 15.
  • Michael Piper and James Khamsi, “Endless Architecture: Accidental Manifestos for the Interior,” MONU, Issue #21, October 2014.
  • James Khamsi and Emily Goldman, “Greater Connectivity: Infrastructures of Mobility and Design Agency Beyond the City,” MONU, Issue #19, October 2013.
  • “Misbehaving: Radical Behaviorism and Countercultural Environments,” Volume, Issue 33, October, 2012.
  • “Curious Little Diagrams: Gestalt Psychology and the Urbanism of Colin Rowe and Kevin Lynch,” Infill Vol. 5, October 2012.
  • “Wrapped up in Tyvek,” Scapegoat Journal Issue 02, December 2011.

Professional Memberships :

  • NCARB, National Council of Architectural Registration Board
  • AIA Associate, New York Chapter
  • Urban Land Institute


  • ARCH 23000: Communications Workshop
  • ARCH 73500: Site Design