James Wasley is a Director of the Institute for Ecological Design and the former Chair of the Department of Architecture. He is the Past-President of both the Society of Building Science Educators and the Wisconsin Green Building Alliance: An Affiliate of the United States Green Building Council. He was a founding member of WGBA in 1997.
Professor Wasley’s current research is in the creation of ecological urban waterscapes at a variety of scales. He has been designing and building stormwater demonstration projects on the UWM campus since 2005. Since 2011 he has led the school-wide Milwaukee Inner Harbor Project, which has explored the redevelopment and ecological restoration of the 200+ acres of brownfields surrounding the Port of Milwaukee. This has in turn led to a suite of ten demonstration projects on the harbor at the UWM School of Freshwater Sciences that are moving towards implementation.
Professor Wasley teaches architectural design studios and professional practice seminars from an ecological perspective. Other ongoing research interests include carbon neutral design, the evolution of environmental ratings systems, architectural daylighting, and the creation of ‘extreme case’ healthy environments.