Jim Dawkins is an assistant professor of Interior Design at The Florida State University where he serves as an instructor in both undergraduate and graduate design studios and courses in graphic techniques, specifically hand drawing and sketching, used for design ideation and visual communication. He is a registered architect in several states, having earned his BA in Design and Master of Architecture degrees from Clemson University prior to practicing for twenty years as an architect, designer and corporate officer with design firms in Atlanta, GA and Vail, CO. Dawkins’ primary research interest focuses on the notion of thinking through drawing – graphic facilitation, communication, and mediation of ideas through hand-drawing techniques and their realization in traditional hand and digital hybrid forms of computer aided design. Secondary research currently involves the analysis of and instruction in hand sketching skills through the cognitive framework of expertise theory.
Master of Architecture, Clemson University, 1988
Bachelor of Arts in Design, Clemson University, 1986
Areas of Responsibility
Areas of responsibility include teaching select classes of upper level undergraduate and graduate students in interior architecture and interior design project solutions, graphic techniques for quick sketching, design ideation, project brainstorming and client work sessions. Additionally, I chair and am a member of several MFA thesis committees as well as guide MS graduate students through supervised research.
Graduate and undergraduate interior design studios, graphic techniques studios (hand sketching and hybrid hand/digital drawing)
Research and original creative work progress along two separate paths: 1) the analysis of and instruction in hand sketching skills through the cognitive framework of expertise theory relative to the notion of thinking through drawing, and 2) explorations into the perceptions, motivations, and expertise of why some architects choose to practice interior design.
Select Scholarly/Creative Works & Awards
- Dawkins, J., & Shute, V. (2013). Stars vs. Clouds: Creating a Collaborative Commons Learning Space. International Journal of Designs for Learning, 4(2), 15-29. Retrieved from www.scholarworks.iu.edu/journals/index.php/ijdl/article/view/37
- Dawkins, J. (in press). Perceptions of Architects that Choose to Practice Interior Design. Journal of Architectural & Planning Research.
- McLane, Y., & Dawkins, J. (in press). Building of Requirement: Liberating Academic Interior Architecture. Journal of Learning Spaces.
- Dawkins, J., & Pable, J. (2013). Sketching at the Speed of Thought: Weaving Expertise Theory with Drawing Automaticity. In Simon Downs (Ed.), Interweavings: The 3rd International Conference on Drawing, Cognition and Education (pp. 7-16). London: Loughborough University (ISSN 1742-3570).
- Dawkins, J. (2012). 2012 DCA Juried Design Communication Exhibition [Drawing: Multiple drawing exhibitors (design communication professionals and educators)]. School of Architecture, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK: Design Communication Association. My drawings for this exhibition explored clarity in drawing both visually and technically. Both of my drawings were part of the 63 accepted entries out of 164 total submissions in six categories, an acceptance rate of 38%.
- Dawkins, J. (2011, March). sketch [Drawing: Artists and Practitioners Sketching]. Universidad de Monterrey, Mexico: d3 and the Universidad de Monterrey. This sketch was one in a series of studies of log cabin joinery in a ghost town outside of Leadville, CO. It was submitted in response to the Call for Submissions by the Universidad de Monterrey (Mexico) in association with New York-based curators d3 for an exhibition entitled “sketch”, the opening exhibition for Japanese Architect Tadao Ando’s lecture held at the Universidad de Monterrey in March 2011. The exhibition investigates the discourse of sketching by embracing the full range and potential of sketching in conceptual design.
- Dawkins, J. (2010, September). 2010 DCA Juried Design Communication Exhibition [Drawing: Multiple drawing exhibitors (design communication professionals and educators)]. Chico Resort Hot Springs Resort & Spa, MT: Design Communications Association. My drawings for this exhibition explored the conference theme of ‘crossroads’ by producing work that expressed, indirectly, my career move from professional to teaching. Three of my drawings were part of the 84 accepted entries out of 177 total submissions in six categories, an acceptance rate of 47%.
- Dawkins, J. (2014). What’s love got to do with it? The positive returns of emotional investments in student sketching competency. In John C. Turpin (Ed.), 2014 IDEC Annual Conference (pp. 634-640). Interior Design Educators Council: Indianapolis, IN.
- Dawkins, J. (2014). Athletes, Artists and Artisans; Bridging the Campus Divide. Presentation at 2014 IDEC Annual Conference, Interior Design Educators Council, New Orleans, LA.