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Dr James Charlton

Senior Lecturer

Department: Architecture and Built Environment

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


  • 3D Design PhD January 09 2012
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2016

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • The Influence of subway climatology on gas dispersion and the effectiveness of guided evacuations in a complex subway station, Br‎üne, M., Charlton, J., Pflitsch, A., Agnew, B. 6 Sep 2016, In: Meteorologische Zeitschrift
  • Planners in the Future City: Using City Information Modelling to Support Planners as Market Actors, Thompson, E., Greenhalgh, P., Muldoon-Smith, K., Charlton, J., Dolnik, M. 29 Mar 2016, In: Urban Planning
  • Envisioning futures: visualising Newcastle city futures 2065, Thompson, E., Charlton, J., Di Mascio, D., Henriques, D. Nov 2015
  • A11 Towards an integrated evaluation of the effects on health from smoke or toxic gas dispersion in the evacuation of subway tunnels, Qian, Z., Charlton, J., Agnew, B., Thompson, E. 1 Jun 2015, In: Journal of Transport and Health
  • Understanding the interoperability of virtual city models in assessing the performance of city centre squares, Charlton, J., Giddings, B., Thompson, E., Peverett, I. 1 Jun 2015, In: Environment and Planning A
  • Towards a multifunctional virtual city model, Horne, M., Thompson, E., Charlton, J. 2014, Technologies for Urban and Spatial Planning: Virtual Cities and Territories, Hershey, PA, IGI Global
  • Delivery of interactive 3D content via the world wide web to aid in public participation in planning proposals, Thompson, E., Charlton, J. 2013, 31st eCAADe conference: Computation and Performance
  • An integrated approach to the design of city centre squares, using three-dimensional computer representations, Charlton, J. Oct 2011
  • Public squares in European city centres, Giddings, B., Charlton, J., Horne, M. 2011, In: Urban Design International
  • Towards a holistic approach of urban design., Charlton, J., Giddings, B., Horne, M. 3 Dec 2009, Urban Design Research: Method and Application

PGR Supervision

Ian Babelon Digital participatory platforms in urban planning Start: 01/10/2015


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