Jim Nightingale

2020 Prince's Foundation Scholar - Wood work

Since graduating with an MSc in Historic Building Conservation from Kingston University, Jim has focused on expanding his practical skills as a craftsperson. This has involved him working on a number of traditional woodworking projects around the world including conservation carpentry, cabinetmaking and traditional timber-frame carpentry. 

Jim aims to combine his MSc research into biophilic design principles and wellbeing with further hands-on skills in timber construction and other forms of building craft, in order to provide a more holistic approach and understanding to his work.

Jim is currently studying on the Building Arts Programme 2020, run in collaboration with The Prince’s Foundation. This is a valuable opportunity for him to work and learn from other skilled people in the crafts and building arts sector, enabling him to evolve as a practitioner, and to better understand and develop ideas which align with his theoretical understanding of a successful built environment.

One of my key motivations is how the built environment can affect people’s psychological and physiological wellbeing. How components which make up the built environment, such as architectural design, spatial layout, materials and form, inform the way in which we perceive the world as we move around it.