BSc Dip Arch
Working with organisations, students and private clients, Jim works strategically at a range of scales to find appropriate and engaging ways of making projects, buildings, processes and places work. He draws on tried and tested tools to enable clients to make well-informed, strategic decisions.
Mixing consultancy, academia and community projects gives a rich seam of experience upon which to draw. His projects in the last few years have ranged in scale from a door handle for a Cambridge college through a 40-unit Co-housing community in Cambridge to a master plan for a city quarter in China. Each discipline and scale overlaps with and informs the understanding of the others.
Jim has a particular interest consultation and community-led design, and enjoys working with complex client groups. Enabling client groups to make informed decisions and leading them through the initial stages of projects, predesign and stakeholder engagements, identifying the project constraints which when understood and defined allow creative and innovative design responses. These soft skills are complimented with an intuitive 1:1 understanding of construction. An eye for contemporary design in historic and landscape environments, combined with patience and tenacity, deliver high-quality design solutions in sensitive contexts.
In his role of Design Fellow at Cambridge University, Jim has the opportunity to reflect upon wider design practice and pass on his delight in finding simple solutions to complex environments to the next generation of young Architects. Jim is equally happy on the drawing board, in the lecture hall or up a ladder on a building site.
As a Director of Cambridge Architectural Research Ltd, Jim and his team were commissioned to produce an in-depth client briefing study and assist with establishing a residents’ group; they went on to became lead designers for Britain’s first enabled co-housing project, in Cambridge.
Other projects include: working on urban-scale projects involving a master plan and design guide for 1.6km2 and 23,000 people, part of a much larger urban expansion north of Chongqing, China; the conservation of a derelict 1650s, Grade II-listed, timber-frame house and stone barn, including a substantial extension and extensive landscaping; working on the proposed conservation and conversion into six dwellings of a Grade II* redundant church ; and acting as Project Architect to improve the existing accommodation and 20 unit new build in the grounds of Grade II*-listed alms houses; Lead Designer for a National Trust visitors’ welcome building