James has been with Hopkins Architects since 1987. His early works include: several projects for the Victoria and Albert Museum; Phase Two of the Schlumberger Cambridge Research Centre; the Queen’s Building, Emmanuel College; the Dynamic Earth centre in Edinburgh; a new Hall for the Haberdashers’ in West Smithfield, new science buildings for Sherborne and Benenden schools, and a new visitor and event space for Ickworth House in Suffolk.
James has extensive experience of masterplanning including: a sustainable development framework for Leicester’s Waterside; the Exchange site in Swindon; a new financial district for the Esplanade Quarter in St Helier, Jersey and a new urban regeneration plan for the north of town in St Helier. More recently, James completed a masterplan and subsequent mixed-use development called the Arc in Bury St Edmunds, which includes housing, shops and the town’s new theatre, the Apex.
James has recently completed the Kai Yong Yeoh Building for Brighton College, and a project for Goodwood Racecourse. He is currently working on a mixed-use redevelopment within Mayfair and new indoor sports facilities for Eton College.
James has a particular interest and expertise on the use of wood in buildings, he lectures widely on the subject and he has been a judge of the Wood Awards for the last twelve years. He sits on the CABE London design review panel, and is also the London Partner assisting the work of our Dubai Design Studio.