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Jim Bassett

Associate Professor
Chair, Foundation Program

Bachelor Environmental Design-Architecture, North Carolina State University
M.Arch., Southern California Institute of Architecture

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Jim Bassett is Associate Professor of Architecture at the Virginia Tech School of Architecture + Design. He holds a Master of Architecture from Southern California Institute of Architecture and a Bachelor of Environmental Design (Architecture) from the School of Design at North Carolina State University.

Bassett was awarded the Sanders Fellowship at the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Michigan from 2005-2006 and continued teaching there as a Lecturer in Architecture until 2008 when he joined the faculty at Virginia Tech. He has also taught at The Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) and Woodbury University. In 2011 he was the recipient of the ACSA/AIAS New Faculty Teaching Award from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture and the American Institute of Architecture Students.

Bassett’s current academic research and teaching interests focus on the range of forms and influence of context on design disciplines, and in particular the way that Architecture produces context.

In addition to teaching and research, Bassett has maintained a design practice, Zellner + Bassett, with Paola Zellner since 1998. In 2010, Zellner + Bassett was honored with the Award of Excellence from the Blue Ridge Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Bassett has also worked professionally, in Los Angeles, with Roto Architects (1994-2004), Frank Gehry and Associates (1993), and Richard Meier and Partners (1992).