Born in Atlanta Georgia, James Shannon has traveled whilst growing up and has lived for extended periods of time in London England and Madrid Spain where he discovered his passion for Architecture and Urban settings. At the age of fifteen James Shannon moved to London with his family where he completed his high school degree whilst taking numerous evening art classes and the Chelsea College of Art and Design, the Camberwell College of Art, as well as Brunell University . Understanding his proximity to Spain, James decided to attend Tandem Escuela International which is an international Language and liberal arts school where he studied the Spanish language and attended history and current events classes. After living and studying in Madrid for nearly six months he moved to Savannah, Georgia in the late summer of 2005 to pursue his Bachelors and Professional Masters in Architecture at the Savannah College of Art and Design.
James has always had a strong passion for design and is invigorated by translating that in to the built realm. He loves to explore the possibilities of what can be built whilst creating design solutions to accompany these notions. In finding design solutions he enjoys using parametric modeling techniques and scripts to realize complex geometries in architecture. James also has a strong passion for urban design and urban spaces, to him, the functionality of the building's foot print is just as important as the overall design and function of the building. He feels urban areas in new projects must pull people in and create spaces that better the lives of the people of the city. In addition this will enhance the economy of ground floor establishments and strengthen the urban environments where new projects are built. James believes architecture and urban design go hand in hand as one cannot have one without the other.
Along with pushing the envelope of design in buildings and infrastructure James is a strong believer of mixing biomass and horticulture with architecture. Through his thesis research he has gained valuable insight on the environmental benefits in doing this and how they are numerous and ever increasing. Over the last couple of years he has been experimenting with his own urban horticultural prospects. Right now he has three levels, equaling of over forty square feet of growing area, surrounding his small twelve by four foot balcony located on the side of his second story apartment in down town Savannah. He has begun to sell his organic produce at the local farmers market every Saturday to show the general public how feasible urban farming can really be.
Vickery Construction and Remodeling, Savannah, GA, US, Site Manager and Carpenter
Site management of multiple projects at one time. Speaking with clients about construction progress, design options, budgets, and time constraints. Organizing subcontractor schedules as well as carpentry work.
May River Contracting, Bluffton, SC, US, Site Manager
Hired on to assist with site management on a multimillion dollar residential project for the self made billionaire Zdenek Bakala. Work responsibilities included working closely with the Master Builder, Project Superintendent and Project Manager on the delivery of materials, site organization and site documentation.
AAA Parking, Savannah, GA, US, Freelance architectural designer
Created design iterations for valet office renovations in an existing Hilton Hotel. Project included creating design iterations for a curtain wall to enclose a subbasement level office. In response to better circulation and operation strategies imagery was created for design options to build out an office in the lobby of the Hotel.
Savannah College of Art and Design, MArch, Professional Masters in Architeture
Architectural Thesis + Parametric modeling and CNC Fabrication
Savannah College of Art and Design, BArch, Bachlors of Fine Arts_Architecture