James Swain

James Swain

New York, NY, US





J.L. Richards & Associates, Intern Architect

Post-graduate employment. This past year working at a multi-disciplinary architecture and engineering firm provided the opportunity to work on a wide range of building typologies, both new build and addition/renovations. These included new build design work for a custom designed single family residence and a school for grades JK-12. Initial conceptual design and renderings for a hybrid of transportation/commercial building in Ottawa. Projects involving addition/renovations. Other responsibilities allowed my range of experience to extend into more technical aspects of the discipline including building specifications, working drawings and construction details, materials research and some initial aspects of project finances. Provided considerable insight into the level of coordination required across all disciplines.

Mar 2010 - Mar 2011

Christian Hubert Studio, Junior Architect

Post-undergraduate employment. Majority of work involved drafting of construction documents and details for high end residential project for prominent art collectors on the UES of Manhattan. The project’s main focus was the design of a double height library with mezzanine & spiral staircase which required the design of mill work, hand rail and stair details in co- ordination with lighting, mechanical and structural requirements. My work included discussions with the structural engineer, fabricators, and frequent collaboration with the site foreman to coordinate well detailed, site-specific design requirements. Smaller projects included custom mill work design for a library, dining and bedroom in the West Village, development/ planning for a townhouse in London and a vacation home in Sifnos, Greece.

Apr 2006 - Aug 2007

Jestico + Whiles, Architectural Assistant

Co-op work term. Worked on initial planning and design phase for Swiss Centre - a new mixed-use hotel
development on Leicester Square in central London. Work included design and production of schematic presentation drawings, massing models, and renderings, as well as meetings with materials and product representatives. Other work involved interior details for various hotel projects in the UK.

Jan 2005 - Apr 2005


University of Waterloo, MArch, Architecture

Sep 2007 - Aug 2009

University of Waterloo, Bachelors, Architecture

Sep 2000 - Aug 2005

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