One of the founding directors of Six Degrees Architects, James has developed the practice, with his partners, over the past 27 years into a nationally recognised design firm.
A formative project for the practice in the early 90’s was Meyers Place Bar, the first of Melbourne’s back lane bars. For this and other urban and hospitality projects Six Degrees is seen to have heavily influenced the fine grain urban design of the city of Melbourne.
Six Degrees is widely recognised for engaging and rich design in hospitality, multi-residential, tertiary education and civic fields, urban design, place-making and precinct development. The practice continues to develop ideas around human needs, community, raw materiality and memory. James has taught at the University of Melbourne, regularly undertakes guest lectures, both nationally and internationally, and has served on numerous AIA awards juries. James is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects, sits on the Human Research and Ethics Committee for the Eye & Ear Hospital, is a foundational member of the Nightingale Housing Board, and is currently leading the second Nightingale Model project, in Fairfield. James has an ongoing interest in exploring the possibility of different housing models within the Australian context.