U+ Design Partners

Design Partner - Washington DC


James’ broad engagement in the DC Metro design community spans professional, academic and practice-based organizations and institutions.

James is an engaging and highly accomplished Design leader and educator with 30 years of experience in identifying, pursuing and executing many high-profile projects within the Public and Private sectors in the domestic US and International markets. He has provided transformational Design leadership and visioning expertise across a broad range of market sectors, including the Science and Technology, Corporate /Commercial, High¬er Education, Research, Healthcare, Transportation and Public Sector markets. He is a proven GSA Design Excellence Lead Design¬er, most recently for the NASA Langley Research Center, New Town Program, Hampton VA, and the Social Security Administration Metro West Baltimore HQ. His work had been consistently recognized for design excellence throughout his career by the American Institute of Architects and numerous professional organizations.

James’ broad engagement in the DC Metro design community spans professional, academic and practice-based organizations and institutions. He has served on the AIA DC Design Excellence Committee since 2009, and holds the position of Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Maryland’s School of Architecture Planning and Preservation, where he has been active since 2013 as a design instructor for both undergraduate and graduate Architecture programs as well as the Thesis Program. He is a mentor to many aspiring architects in the professional and academic spheres.

In addition to these primary roles, he has been active on the University of Maryland School of Architecture Professional Advisory Board, AIA DC Special Events Committee, NAIOP, DCBIA, and numerous academic institutions through Design Jury participation.

PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE HIGHLIGHTS
Pukou Healthcare Campus, Jiangbei New District, Nanjing China 2020
Association of University Research Parks Conference 2018 UMD
Conference Speaker: International Communities of Innovation
Jiuhua Development Forum 2018
Conference Speaker: Wellness Lifestyle Community Global Trends
Yanghe Distillery Headquarters, Nanjing, China. 2019
AIA NOVA Award of Excellence 2019
Bio-Pharmaceutical Valley Projects, Jiangbei New District, Nanjing 2017
Social Security Administration Metro West Headquarters, Baltimore MD 2014
NASA Langley Research Center IESB Campus Conference and Cultural Center, Hampton VA. AIA NOVA Design Award 2015
Lead Designer GSA Design Excellence Program 2007-2012
NASA Langley Research Center AOB-1: Langley HQ Building, Hampton VA
LEED Platinum Lead Designer GSA Design Excellence Program
ARNG Army National Guard Readiness Center, Arlington VA
UCONN Musculoskeletal Institute, Farmington CT. AIA WMH Design Award

ACADEMIC POSITIONS
Clinical Associate Professor, University of Maryland
School of Architecture Planning and Preservation
2013-Present

EDUCATION
Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Master of Architecture
University of Pennsylvania, Bachelor of Arts – Individualized Degree

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