James joined HK Architects in April 2015, having previously worked at MCM Architecture, delivering a variety of projects, including a 150,000 sq ft fit-out for a major international law firm.
Prior to that, James spent 7 years at Orms, working across a range of sectors, including a comprehensive refurbishment of a 100,000 sq ft office building in the City for PMB Holdings, a 40,000 sq ft mixed use refurbishment in Kensington & Chelsea for Chancery St James and an 80,000 sq ft Central London office refurbishment for Derwent London. He also worked on the refurbishment of a Grade I listed crescent in Bath and the music and drama buildings for King’s School Ely.
Gavin and James worked together for a number of years whilst at Orms, including a 42,000 sq ft Cat A refurbishment at 33 Cavendish Square.
James’ expertise is in the re-use of buildings, bringing a clarity of thought to complex design problems, helping owners and developers unlock the spatial and commercial potential of their buildings. He also brings a wealth of experience in designing for end-users, from large scale corporations, to schools and individuals. This experience, and a belief in a ‘people first’ approach to design, puts occupiers’ needs at the heart of the design process.
Prior to qualifying as an architect at London Metropolitan University (now the Cass School of Art), James spent a number of years as a client project manager, working predominantly for corporate end users.