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Dr James Charlton


Department: Architecture and Built Environment

I have always had an interest in architecture, visualisation and information technology and channelled my education and career to best fulfil these interests.

James Charlton ResizeMy undergraduate degree in Architectural Technology provided me with the fundamental knowledge and skills in Building Information Modelling, 3D visualisation and performance analysis within Architecture. These skills were further developed throughout my PhD, during which I gained knowledge in a wide range of analytical software applicable to the subject area of architectural and built environment visualisation. 

During my career I have both lead and supported numerous high impact enterprise and research projects ranging from performance analysis and visualisation within architecture and urban design, to data management and utilisation within the fields of BIM and smart cities. By gaining further and bespoke experience in a wide range of analytical and visualisation tools, I am able to offer a unique skill set to teaching, research and enterprise. I am highly trained in Building Information Modelling, 3D modelling and laser scanning technologies. I have been able to pass on this knowledge via teaching and supporting roles across Architecture and built environment disciplines and publish outputs to a high level. I constantly strive to expand upon my current list of published work via both individual and collaborative research projects.




Campus Address

Ellison Building

0191 227 4795


PhD, BSc (Hons) Architectural technology

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

BIM, Virtual Cities, Smart Cities, Performance Analysis, Architectural Visualisation, Virtual Reality

Key Publications

Charlton, J and Horne, M (2014), ‘Modelling the performance of urban spaces: integration with virtual city models’, Environmental and Planning A, (In Development)


Brüne, M and Charlton, J (2014), ‘Evacuation Simulation based on Subway Climatology. Case Study Alexanderplatz – Berlin’, Tunnelling and Underground Space Technology. (Under Review)


Charlton, J and Brüne, M (2014) Understanding the importance of subway climatology in the effective evacuation of subway stations: Comparison of European case studies. In: 32nd eCAADe conference: Fusion,10‐12 September 2014, Newcastle, UK.


Brüne, M, Charlton, J, Pflitscha, A, and Agnew, B (2014) Coupling tracer gas experiments with evacuation simulation: An empirical approach to assess the effectiveness of evacuation routes in subway stations. In: The 6th International Symposium on Tunnel Safety and Security, 12‐14th March 2014 Marseille, France.


Horne, M, Thompson, E and Charlton, J (2013) Towards a multifunctional virtual city model. In: Technologies for Urban and Spatial Planning: Virtual Cities and Territories. Advances in Civil and Industrial Engineering (ACIE) . IGI Global Book, Hershey, PA. ISBN 9781466643499


Thompson, E and Charlton, J (2013) Delivery of interactive 3D content via the world wide web to aid in public participation in planning proposals. In: 31st eCAADe conference: Computation and Performance, 18‐20September 2013, Delft, Netherlands.


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