James graduated from Sheffield University, with a distinction in design, and has been with Hopkins Architects since 1987. His early works include: 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; an academic building for Brighton College; an hospitality pavilion for Goodwood Racecourse 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. In 2010 James completed the Arc in Bury St Edmunds, a mixed use development including housing, shops and the town’s new theatre, the Apex.
He is currently working, with the Grosvenor Estate, on a significant new mixed-use development within the heart of Mayfair and a range of projects for Eton College, comprising: new indoor sports facilities located within Eton's historic core; a concert hall conversion of the College's School Hall and their first new boarding house since 1960.
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 twenty years. He sits on the Board of the Wren Insurance Association and is also the London Partner assisting the work of our Dubai Design Studio.
- The Charterhouse
- Dynamic Earth
- Queen's Building, Emmanuel College
- Goodwood Racecourse
- Haberdashers' Hall
- Ickworth House West Wing
- Wellcome Trust: Wellcome Collection
- Leicester Development Framework
- The Apex
- Energy From Waste
- Benenden School: Science Centre
- Brighton College: The Kai Yong Yeoh Building
- Goodwood Racecourse: Champagne Bar
- South Molton Triangle
- The Peninsula London
- Sherborne School: Laboratories
- 100 Liverpool Street
- Schlumberger Research Centre
- Eton College: School Sports Centre