James graduated from The University of Sheffield in 2009, receiving a commendation for his final year thesis project and the Sir HK Stephenson Travel Scholarship for MArch dissertation.

He has worked for award winning practices in the UK and internationally, including 12 months working on post Tsunami reconstruction projects in Sri Lanka. Most recently he played a pivotal role in the establishment of a new design led practice in Oxford.

His interest lies in research-based design, which is conceptually driven and responsive to context beyond just the aesthetic. His work has been published in the Architects Journal and exhibited at the RIAI in Dublin.