James is driven by the desire to create architecture that is not only visually attractive, but also sits harmoniously within its location and surrounding context, creating places for people to use and enjoy.
At Apt, James is an Executive Director and a member of the Trustee Board. He has led some of the practice’s most significant projects including 1 Merchant Square, a 42-storey residential building with a publicly accessible Skybar; and 6 Merchant Square, a 21-storey residential building with ground floor retail uses.
James also led the 17.5 acre masterplan of the former Fulham Gasworks, which creates a new residential community of 1,850 homes. Achieving planning consent in 2018, the scheme includes fifteen new buildings, four listed structures and 100,000 sq.ft. of commercial space. Recently completed projects include 400 & 450 Longwater Avenue, a 300,000 sq.ft. office building in Reading and the extension of a Grade-II* listed house in Chelsea.
He is currently leading 2 Trafalgar Way, a student accommodation-led mixed use scheme of three buildings in Canary Wharf, which upon completion will become Europe's tallest Passivhaus building.
James joined Apt in 2013 from Rafael Viñoly Architects, where he completed the award-winning £55m Mathematical Institute which forms part of Oxford University’s Radcliffe Observatory Quarter Masterplan.