David James Architects

In Profile: David James, Managing Director of David James Architects & Partners Ltd

David James Architects & Partners Ltd

Name: David James

Company: David James Architects & Partners Ltd

Position within company: Managing Director

Website: www.davidjamesarchitects.co.uk

Tell us a little about your background in design (education, experience, etc)
David qualified as a chartered Architect at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa and has practiced in England for the past 22 years. In 2009 he established David James Architects.

How would you describe your personal Architecture style?
Contemporary and innovative.

Where does your design inspiration come from?
Frank Lloyd Wright

In what direction do you feel that design is moving towards in a general sense?
Architectural design continues to move in a contemporary direction, although traditional elements are becoming increasingly prevalent in many areas.  Pitched roofs and traditional materials still have a place in much of todays architecture, and married with contemporary lines and construction methods, can produce cutting edge design.

Name five key themes to consider when approaching design in 2018 and beyond.

1. Location
2. Design
3. Product
4. Response to context
5. Detailing and materials


If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to Architecture & Design, what would it be?
Start with a good architect and don’t cut corners.

How important are The International Design and Architecture Awards as recognition of talent and achievement?
Extremely important, establishing a fantastic platform for design recognition.

What projects are you currently working on?
A variety of high end bespoke houses, apartment blocks, large retirement apartment blocks and master plan housing throughout the South of England.

What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months?
Continue developing our high standard of design and detail, whilst exploring new technology and materials.

Final thoughts; tell us a little more about yourself and your daily inspirations:

 Your most treasured possession?
Aston Martin DB9

 Your favourite holiday destination?
South Africa

 Your favourite hotel, restaurant & bar? 
Chewton Glen, New Milton

 Your favourite song? 
Africa by Toto

 Your favourite food and drink? 
Single malt whisky and seafood

 Your favourite way to spend an afternoon? 
With family on the beach

If you weren’t a designer, what would you be? 

  Company Background
David James Architects & Partners are Dorset’s premier design led architectural practice. They are a multi award winning practice with experience in both contemporary and traditional styles, with projects covering a wide range of disciplines.

David James Architects offer a full architectural package, from the initial concept through to building completion. Each project is approached with enthusiasm and devotion, ensuring that every build is finished to the highest possible standards.  Their wealth of experience in negotiating planning applications has resulted in a proven track record for gaining planning permission nationwide, even for very challenging sites.

David James Architects can provide a sympathetic and thoughtful design solution that is tailored to each unique site.  They enjoy creating a happy and long lasting relationship with their clients and always aspire to achieve the highest standards in all areas.

David James Architects & Partners Ltd