James Monday

James Monday

Los Angeles, CA, US

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I have 33 years of architectural experience with 30 years as a licensed architect in California.  I have designed and managed complex residential, commercial and institutional projects in a wide variety of working situations, ranging from a solo practice, to small offices of 5 to 15 people, to large corporate firms producing major municipal, regional and national projects. I am proficient in many computer applications, ranging from CAD to graphic design to spreadsheet, word processing and project management programs. I have generated design and construction drawings for large and small projects utilizing the MacIntosh system platform since 1984. I have an extensive background in developing projects from feasibility and conceptual planning through construction administration. Prior to becoming an Architect, I studied and worked with Frederick Mitchell (Scrimshaw Press), Jack Stauffacher (Greenwood Press), Clifford Burke (Cranium Press), Adrian Wilson (The Press in Tuscany Alley) and David Goines (St Heironymous Press) as a designer and printer; and I studied writing with Anaïs Nin, Michael McClure and Michael Palmer. My architectural training includes study and work with Claude Stoller, Cathy Simon, Gary Brown, Marc Treib, Lars Lerup, Christopher Alexander, Joseph Esherick, Roger Montgomery, Galen Cranz, Stanley Saitowitz, Mark Mack, William Stout, Jim Jennings, Fernau + Hartman, Lawrence Halprin, Daniel Solomon, Charles Moore, Donlyn Lyndon, William Turnbull, Giancarlo DiCarlo, Aldo Van Eyck, Peter Smithson, Renzo Piano and Sverre Fehn.

After working in the offices of Marquis Associates and Jennings Stout Vandine and obtaining my license, I founded trapezum! architects in 1984. Clients included Alice Waters, Restaurantrice; Kermit Lynch, Wine Merchant; and Stephen Goldstine, Art School Administrator. Between 1986 and 1989, I also taught undergraduate studios in the Department of Architecture, University of California at Berkeley. In June 1989 I joined SMWM Architects and worked on various institutional projects, including: the Newport Beach Central Library; the Lawrence Hall of Science, UC Berkeley; the New Shields Library and the Memorial Union, UC Davis. In 1992, I became Associate Project Architect/Manager in the office of Marquis Associates, San Francisco; and was PA/PM for the architectural work on the FDR Memorial in Washington, DC (Consultants to the Office of Lawrence Halprin); the Rockridge Branch Library for the City of Oakland; and the Richmond District Community Center for the City of San Francisco. I restarted trapezum! in November, 1995, and moved to New York City to work as Principal and Project Architect/Manager on the renovation and conversion of the former Andy Warhol Factory at 158 Madison Avenue to corporate office spaces; and, for a new office building complex for the government of Antigua. I also worked as a consulting Senior Project Manager with the Rockwell Architecture Group. I returned to California in January 1998 and was a consultant to Solomon Architects; and I resumed teaching undergraduate design studios in the Department of Architecture, University of California at Berkeley in September 1998. I moved to Colorado in 2001, to work on the design of a mixed-use project for the new town of Prospect. I recently completed a residential farm project in Chatham County, North Carolina; and led an interdisciplinary cultural resources field research project for the National Park Service in Alaska. From October 2003 to October 2009, I worked in the Department of Architects & Engineers at the University of California, Davis as an Associate Architect / Senior Project Manager. I am currently flying solo.

I am strongly oriented towards collaborative-based, interdisciplinary projects and highly motivated to achieve the best quality possible within any given parameters. As a practitioner and teacher, I seek to engage colleagues, clients and students in dialogue and exercises that will produce outstanding results.  I view architecture as an investigative process and I employ every tool and technique at my disposal to expose the essential determinants of a problem; whether it is the design of a book, a children’s toy, a lighting fixture, a piece of furniture, or a building.



trapezum ! architects, Berkeley, CA, US, Principal

Responsible for all aspects of developing architectural projects.

Oct 2009 - current

University of California, Davis, Davis, CA, US, Senior Project Manager

Performed all aspects of project management as associate campus architect / senior project manager, including client relations and negotiations, consultant hiring and coordination, construction documentation and administration.

Oct 2003 - Oct 2009


University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, US, MArch, Architecture

Interdisciplinary studies including visual design, city planning and architecture.
Graduated with highest honors, including Regent's Fellowship and Branner Traveling Fellowship.

Sep 1976 - Jun 1980

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