A Principal at KPF, James is responsible for the firmwide strategy and management of digital technologies, coordinating and connecting KPF’s six, international offices. His responsibilities include information and knowledge management strategies, design and business software applications, advanced modeling and visualization, and the global KPF network, hardware and infrastructure, and technology governance. Foremost is the alignment of digital practice methods with KPF’s design and analysis approach.
As a registered architect, a major focus of James’ work at KPF is to advance the integration of innovative technologies and design methodologies. He regularly works with design teams, focusing on operational excellence, global delivery, while progressively utilizing applied research to develop the most optimal and efficient designs. Various ongoing projects are using advanced visualization and augmented reality technologies to integrate real-time 3D imaging with design. Projects that have adopted these strategies include the Earls Court Master Plan in London and the Abu Dhabi International Airport Midfield, world-wide one of the largest infrastructure projects currently under construction and scheduled to open in 2017.
Focused on engaging research in the design process, James is essential to keeping KPF a leader in implementing exceptional and appropriate digital practice technologies. He has developed firm-wide strategies for more efficient fabrication techniques, custom applications and software, knowledge management, and expanding the role of “smart building” technologies in design. Clients are currently exploring opportunities to integrate KPF-generated building data into building systems and operations.
Passionate about technology and architecture, James’ expertise has informed his teaching at Parsons School of Design, and prompted him to lead various committees, provide various interviews, and author several articles. His work has been featured in the AIA Handbook of Professional Practice, 13th Ed., Architectural Record, Cisco’s ‘Connected Real Estate’, the New York Times, Design Intelligence and Metropolis. He has also been a speaker and panelist for AIA conferences, Build Boston, Cisco LIVE, Businessweek TV, the Design Futures Council, among others.