Jim Potter

Brief Vitae

Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University
M.Arch., State University of New York at Buffalo
B.S., California Polytechnic State University
Registered architect

Faculty member in the College of Architecture at the University of Nebraska since 1981 and former Chair of the Department of Architecture. Teaching studios that focus on human, community and environmental needs, and seminars on environment-behavior relations. Visiting scholar at architecture schools in Brazil, China, Ireland, Nigeria and Turkey. Currently the Centennial Douglass Professor of Architecture.

Areas of Interest

Dr. Potter has been involved in environmental design research, presenting numerous papers at professional conferences and publishing a variety of research that establishes his continuing interest in how people perceive, use, and are affected by their environment. His basic research goal has been to better understand the impact of change (especially rapid development) upon people’s health and well-being. The ultimate purpose of this research is the development of predictive capabilities as well as strategies to ameliorate the negative effects of rapid change. Numerous project reports also attest to his interest in assisting community groups in defining and seeking viable solutions to their environmental needs.

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Spirit of Design

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Housing Issues

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Behavior and Social Factors in Environmental Design

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Greg Brown's Senior Thesis / UCARE

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Joanell Mueller's The Evolution of American Housing / UCARE

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Stacy Clausen's Sacred Spaces of Lincoln / UCARE

Jim Potter