James Richards is a licensed Architect living and working in New York City.
He was raised along the eastern bank of the mighty Hudson River in the town of Hastings-On-Hudson, New York. In 1984, James moved to New York City to study architecture at The Cooper Union. After earning a Bachelor of Architecture from CU, he spent the next ten years working in construction as a contractor and as a designer for some of the most influencial Architects of our time including, Diller + Scofidio, Tod Williams, Billie Tsien and Associates and Richard Meier and Partners.
In 2002, James earned a Master of Architecture from The University Texas at Austin.
Returning to New York City in 2002, James independently designed and built three residential projects in NYC and a small house in Matapalo, Costa Rica.
From 2007 to 2010 James collaborated with Herzog de Meuron Architekten AG in Basel, Switzerland, as a designer on various American projects and as project manager for The Park Avenue Armory restoration and renovation.
James Richards design approach can be summarized as follows: project form and aesthetics are entirely dependent on a rigorous understanding of ALL, practical, contextual, economic and legal limitations or put simply, form follows constraints.
Herzog & De Meuron, Basel, CH and New York, NY, Project Manager
The Cooper Union, New York, NY, US, BArch, Architecture