Cartwright Pickard , Director
James is co-founder of Cartwright Pickard, established in 1997. He has over 30 years’ experience as a qualified architect and market-leading skills in housing design, with a particular strength in developing buildable, viable designs for challenging and complex urban sites. He was on the steering board for the UK Urban Land Institute’s Built-to-Rent best-practice guide and helped to write the first and second editions of the BCO’s Guide to Best Practice. He has been a judge at the World Architecture Festival for several years and also served as a national board member of Constructing Excellence. A research-led practitioner, James has carried out government-funded research into the design of low-energy buildings, office occupier productivity, air quality in new homes and integrating whole life cost estimation with BIM. He is an honorary professor at the Mackintosh School of Architecture. An advocate of the benefits of offsite construction, James’ pioneering use of offsite manufacture in housing, office and education projects has included an innovative housing scheme at Murray Grove in Hackney for Peabody that won 9 major awards and Bourbon Lane in London for Octavia Housing.