As the firm’s Design Principal, James is dedicated to Holabird & Root’s long-standing commitment to create lasting buildings that evolve naturally from the site and program. His design philosophy begins with an understanding that lasting architecture is not a matter of stylistic preference. James believes the design process should begin with a careful examination of the unique requirements of each problem, develop in close collaboration with the users, and end with a fully integrated building. The American Institute of Architects recently elevated James to its College of Fellows for his significant contributions to the profession in the area of design. His work and contributions have been prominently featured in several design publications such as Architectural Record, Architecture, Contract Design, and Progressive Architecture. Outside of the office, James enjoys teaching and participating in award juries.