James is a design lead for school projects run from our Cardiff studio.
What’s your favourite project you’ve worked on to date?
Ysgol Caer Elen, the first Welsh medium secondary school in the Pembrokeshire county town of Haverfordwest. At £22m, it’s the biggest building I’ve designed. A combination of a great client and contractor team, along with an interesting site in a lovely part of the world made for a very enjoyable project.
The Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux designed by Herzog and de Meuron had a big impact on me. It’s amazingly light and elegant for a stadium and I love the bold monochrome exterior.
Where do you see your career taking you?
Who knows?! I was hired back in 2006 as an Interior Architecture graduate on a 3 month contract to do condition surveys on Barclays banks. Since then Stride Treglown has given me so many opportunities. Hopefully the opportunities will continue and I can improve with each of them.
What is your proudest moment?
It’s pretty cool to see my daughter attending a Stride Treglown school that I designed.
If you weren’t in this career, what would you be?
Probably a graphic designer – I always liked the idea of advertising design. Perhaps I’ve been watching too much Mad Men?