Jim is a founding Director of Reed Watts. He 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 of the Greenwich Millennium Village.
In 2001, Jim joined Haworth Tompkins where he became an Associate Director leading teams on a number of award winning projects in a variety of sectors including cultural and arts, commercial and residential. He gained a particular expertise in the creative adaptation and re-use of existing buildings, many of which were listed. Clients included the London Library, the V&A Museum and the National Portrait Gallery.
At Reed Watts Jim has continued to work on a broad range of typologies at various scales. In parallel with the larger projects, Jim has completed a number of private residential commissions, where budgets and sensitive sites have often required innovative solutions.
Jim currently leads a post-graduate unit at Kingston University with Takeshi Hayatsu. The unit is concerned primarily with the craft of building, exploring the value and potential of collaborative work. Recent collaborators include the Japanese architect Terunobu Fujimori and Robin Hutchinson & the Community Brain. Work has been exhibited at the Barbican, the V&A and the Hampton Court Flower show. He has taught at a number of universities throughout the UK including Sheffield, De Montfort and Brighton.