US Senate Confirms Obama's Appointment of James Timberlake to Key Administration Post

Tue. 12 June

The United States Senate has confirmed the presidential appointment of James Timberlake, MArch'77 and lecturer in the department of Architecture, to the National Institute of Building Sciences Board of Directors.

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WASHINGTON, DC--The United States Senate has confirmed President Barack Obama's appointment of James Timberlake, adjunct professor in architecture and Master of Architecture alumnus at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design, to the Board of Directors of the National Institute of Building Sciences--a key Administration post.

The National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) was established by Congress to interface between government and the private sector. The Institute's public interest mission is to serve the Nation by supporting advances in building science and technology to improve the built environment.

Timberlake is a founding partner of the KieranTimberlake architecture firm in Philadelphia, which recently won AIA Philadelphia's top design award. He is the co-author of five books on architecture, including refabricating ARCHITECTURE, and more recently, Cellophane HouseTM. In addition to the AIA prize, KieranTimberlake received the 2008 Architecture Firm Award from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the 2010 Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award from the Smithsonian Institution. 

Timberlake also teaches at the School of Design, where he leads a Design Research Laboratory that works across the disciplines of architecture, material science, and construction industries. 

Timberlake was awarded the Benjamin Latrobe Fellowship for architectural design research from the AIA College of Fellows in 2001 and the Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome in 1982.  He received a Bachelor of Environmental Science degree from the University of Detroit, and a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Pennsylvania. 

For more information, read the interview with Timberlake in the Daily Pennsylvanian or visit the National Institute of Building Sciences website at



Megan Schmidgal