James Turney

James Turney

Cincinnati, OH, US



I am an Architect with 34 years of experience, including over 14 years of studio and senior-level management experience.  My projects include award-winning designs for elder-care, multi-family housing and civic projects.  I have a very broad range of experience, including hospitality, big box retail, local government, national roll-out programs and prototype development and management.  I have significant experience with facility assessments, programming, quality control and construction phase services, as well as design and production.

I have managed and designed 10,000 units of multifamily housing, 2,000 units of elder care housing, and about 8,000 units of single family housing.   

I enjoy handling both the day-to-day operational issues, as well as the long-term strategic issues associated with running and growing a firm.  I am familiar with and comfortable using AutoDesk products, Photoshop, SketchUp, and Microsoft Office programs, but can hand sketch, too. I also like to write, and have written for publication and marketing materials, as well as proposals and contracts.

Running studios and project teams is a passion for me.  I enjoy communicating with clients and consultants, collaborating to achieve success for the team.


CDS Associates, Inc., Cincinnati, OH, US, Director of Architecture

As Director of Architecture, I oversaw all activities of the Architecture Department, from day-to-day staffing and operational issues to long-term strategic and business development. I was personally responsible for the quality of the work product, and strove to achieve excellence in every project, regardless of size or budget. I reported to the President and COO of the firm, and acted as point of contact for several clients.

Apr 2009 - Oct 2012

MG2, McLean, VA, US, Senior Associate

Group Manager - Process, for the Mixed-Use Studio. I oversaw the day-to-day efforts of approximately a dozen people, and worked with the Regional Office Manager to establish billing projections, address staffing needs, handle personnel issues, write proposals, negotiate contracts, etc.

Apr 2007 - Nov 2008

Johnson Braund, Inc, Seattle, WA, US, Director of Hospitality

Oversaw all the efforts of approximately 10 staff to produce hotel projects all across the US. The work inclided prototype management for two limited-service hotels, roll-out programs involving renovation work at 40 hotels/yr, custom-designed high-rise hotels in CA, and mid-rise hotels in CA and WA.

Apr 2005 - Apr 2007


University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, US, BArch, Architecture

6-Year program including two years of co-operative internship at architecture offices.

Sep 1977 - Aug 1983