DIRECTOR | ARCHITECT
WHO IS JAMES?
James seeks out challenges, the more complicated the better. With unwavering optimism, he guides clients and teams through complexity toward easier paths and elegant solutions. James is skilled at navigating the multi-layered decisions that arise throughout the strategic planning, design and construction phases.
His knack for storytelling allows him to create shared understanding, keeping projects focused and moving forward. For James, the best reward is when clients are wowed by a built solution that they didn’t initially imagine was possible. As a treasury of knowledge with numerous years of experience in delivering high profile and politically sensitive projects on time and within budget, his expertise stretches across many industries and sectors and all the varying degrees of project types, scopes, and budgets.
James’ work always culminates in a special and thoughtful solution, carved to fit just right. He focuses on blending buildings into their environment while showing respect for the people who experience and use the space. A design guy at heart with a hands-on approach, James and his co-founders launched SDA in pursuit of a simple goal: Do great work. To him, that means fostering close partnerships, with the team and clients alike.
ON BEING AN ARCHITECT
If you were to google architecture you would be swamped by sentences that references design. Designing spaces, designing structures, for me however being an architect is about converting that design into a built form. A tangible form that embraces the space it sits in. I enjoy seeing how it all comes together. Essentially I get to play architectural jenga everyday.