Jim studied at the University of Sheffield, after which he joined London practice Proctor and Matthews. Here he gained extensive residential experience ranging from private houses to larger urban projects, including the first phase the Greenwich Millennium Village.
Jim joined Haworth Tompkins in 2001 where he became an Associate Director. He led teams involved in delivering a number of award winning projects, covering a variety of sectors including cultural and arts, commercial and residential. He has gained a particular expertise in the creative adaptation and re-use of existing buildings, many of which have been listed. Clients included the London Library, the V&A, the Open Air Theatre and the National Portrait Gallery. More recently Jim has undertaken a series of feasibility studies and planning applications for residential projects and is well versed in housing design.
In parallel with the larger work noted above Jim has worked on a number of private residential commissions, where budgets and sensitive sites have often required innovative solutions.
Jim currently runs a post-graduate Unit at Kingston University with Takeshi Hayatsu. The unit is concerned primarily with the act of building and culminate last year with the construction of a Japanese teahouse in collaboration with the architect Terunobu Fujimori. He has taught at a number of universities throughout the UK including Sheffield, De Montfort and Brighton.