James is a young and passionate structural engineer whose work is centered on sustainability in building design. His desire to create sustainable cities has led him to drive the UK Building group’s approach to embodied carbon optimization.
With this ambition in mind, James created a series of tools to provide life-cycle carbon assessments for buildings, focusing on early-stage design information inputs. Using this toolkit’s modeling abilities, his team can assess the carbon footprint of a range of design scenarios—demonstrating a clear link between design decisions and sustainability implications. This helps clearly communicate his team’s credentials to clients, and it invites clients to take an active role in sustainability decisions early in design.
Aside from championing environmentally conscious design, James also has a keen interest in economics—in which he holds a bachelor’s degree. He finds that economists often have a unique and interesting way of seeing the world, and he believes that economic perspectives can provide useful and novel insights. On a less academic or professional front, he’s also an avid skier.