James Corboy

James Corboy

New York

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Hi there!

My name is James Corboy, and I'm from Dublin, Ireland. I'm a graduate of University College Dublin's M.Arch program, and have been living in New York for the last 6 years. I am eligible to work in the US due to my H-1B visa.

I am an architect at the New York office of WRNS Studio, where I have been for over three years. Prior to that, I spent two years at NAVA Architects, a Manhattan-based practice focusing mainly on high-end residential projects. Before moving to New York, and directly after completing my M.Arch, I worked for a year at the Dublin practice O’Donnell + Tuomey Architects, where I worked on a number of cultural and civic projects.

Aside from architecture, I’m particularly passionate about product and furniture design, illustration, music, film and a range of sports.



NAVA Architects, New York, NY, US, Architect

Over the course of my time at NAVA, my primary focus was the the gut renovation of a duplex penthouse in a Landmarked Upper East Side apartment building, from SD through CA.

At the same time, I headed the SD phase for a gut renovation and extension of a Landmarked brownstone in Cobble Hill, contributed to the CD and CA phases on a high-end condominium building at 4th Avenue and 10th Street, and have been working on the DD and CD phase for a high-end residential building at 14 White Street in TriBeCa.

NAVA’s dual role as developer and architect has afforded me a keen education in how to manage a project efficiently, and how to deliver outstanding design in the most commercially astute way possible.

Oct 2016 - Aug 2018

O'Donnell + Tuomey Architects, Dublin, IE, Junior Architect

As a Junior Architect, I was responsible for:

- Creating and updating the full range of drawings from planning through
to tender stage on Student Hub building in University College Cork, Ireland
- Continuously in contact with consultants to research and secure products for
this scheme
- Liaised with our secondary office in Cork to ensure the project ran smoothly
- Ensured all deadlines were met on time

May 2015 - Aug 2016

ODOS architects, New York, Intern Architect

As a summer intern, I was responsible for:

- Putting together presentations for clients
- Executing construction details for a major mixed-use project in Dublin
- Creating a 3D model of a proposed new house (in SketchUp) and completing presentation renders (using V-Ray)

Jun 2014 - Sep 2014


University College Dublin (UCD), Dublin, MArch, Architecture

Sep 2008 - May 2015

Arkitektskolen Aarhus - The Aarhus School of Architecture, Aarhus, DK, BArch, Architecture

I completed an Erasmus (exchange program) in Arkitektskolen Aarhus during my 4th year of study. It was an extremely formative part of my education, as the Danish focus on craftsmanship, as well as the School's formidable range of building lab equipment, encouraged a broadening of what I had thought could be defined as 'architecture' - now hat stands, chairs, pottery and everyday products entered this canon.

A two-month project involving the design of a chair instigated this evolution in thinking - where before, the only scales I was familiar with were in the 1:500 - 1:20 range, now I was working daily at 1:1, lending a heightened appreciation of how each millimeter was being used, and the effect this had on me was transformative.

Jan 2014 - Jul 2014

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