U+ Design Partners

Design Partner - Washington DC

James Tilghman brings a forward looking strategic design vision and a gift for design communication to the U+ global practice

James Tilghman is a design leader and educator with a vast portfolio of projects recognized in the US and internationally for Design Excellence. He has provided transformational design leadership, visioning expertise and strategic guidance in a broad range of practice arenas, including the Science and Technology, Corporate Commercial, Higher Education, Healthcare, Transportation and Public sector/Federal Design Markets. His portfolio includes 3 projects in the role of Lead Designer in the United Sates GSA Design Excellence program, and he is the recipient of the NASA Blue Marble Award for environmental stewardship. His work has consistently been recognized for design excellence throughout his career by the American Institute of Architects and numerous professional organizations.

As a member of the Academic and Professional community in the DC Metro region, his reach extends to research into the impact of near future autonomous transportation systems on urban settlements and Vertical Communities. He is the author of the Aerotropolis Studio at the University of Maryland 2018-2023, which continues to explore the convergence of AI, new transportation technology and programming for vertical community concepts in the BWI Region. As a leader in the Thesis Program at the University of Maryland he has mentored many young Architects, both graduates and undergraduates alike, on their professional pathways in the DMV region and beyond. He has been a Member of the AIA DC Design Excellence Committee since 2009.

2023 Washington Dulles International Airport Metro Station (Complete 2023)
2021 Nanjing International Tennis Center Competition
2021 AI Park Corporate Campus, Jiangbei New District Nanjing, China
2020 Yanghe Corporate Headquarters Nanjing, China
2020 Bio-pharmaceutical Valley Business Center, Jiangbei New District, Nanjing, China
2019 Lingyang Wellness Lifestyle Community Feasibility Study, Anhui Province China
2019 Association of University Research Parks (AURP) Conference Presenter, University of Maryland
2018 Bio-Pharmaceutical Valley (BPV) Phases 3,4 Nanjing, China
2017 Quanxiu Project 8, Co-Working Vertical Community Concept, Quanzhou, China
2017 FTZ Free Trade Zone Supertall Tower Concept Proposal, Nanjing, China
2016 Chemical Light Research and Development Center Nanjing, China
2015 Jintong Corporate Headquarters and R & D Campus
2013 SSA Metro West Headquarters Baltimore, MD
2013 NASA IESB Campus Conference Center NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA
2012 National Guard Readiness Center Arlington, VA
2011 NASA AOB-1 Headquarters Nasa Langley Research Center Hampton, VA
2007 UCONN Health Center Musculoskeletal Institute Farmington CT

2016-2023  Clinical Associate Professor  University of Maryland  MAPP
2013-2016  Lecturer University of Maryland MAPP
2007-2010  University of Maryland School of Architecture MAPP Professional Advisory Board

Registered Architect  MD,  VA  USA
Member American Institute of Architects
Member AIA District of Columbia 
AIA DC Design Excellence Committee