James wrote the bestselling 'Monet: Colour in Impressionism'  and is the European Editor-at-Large for ArchDaily, the world’s most visited architecture website. He regularly writes for international journals and research collectives, and co-edits LOBBY Magazine (The Bartlett, UCL). He is also a regular contributor to radio shows on Monocle 24, broadcast out of London. He jointly leads a a funded research team based between the UK and The Netherlands which is exploring the significance of processional, ritual and festive activity in relation to contemporary architecture and urbanism.
In 2015 James was placed in the final shortlist to design and curate the British Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale. Alongside curator David Basulto, he is acting as the Assistant Curator for the Nordic Pavilion (representing Sweden, Norway and Finland) at the 2016 Venice Biennale.
James spent eighteen months as an in-house researcher, writer and editor at Mecanoo in Delft, producing a retrospective monograph with Francine Houben on three decades of practice [Artifice, 2015]. He has served as a design juror for a number of international design competitions and lectures across the United Kingdom and Europe on architectural history, contemporary techniques in practice, architectural media, academia and authorship, and (more infrequently) on his two other loves: French Impressionism and 16th century Italian sculpture.
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European Editor-at-Large — ArchDaily (2013 - 2015, 2015 -)
Assistant Curator — Nordic Pavilion, 2016 Venice Biennale (2015 - 2016)
Content Development, Curator — The Choreographics of the City (2015 -)
Co-Editor — LOBBY Magazine [UK]
Co-Founder — Mies. UK / Producer — Mies. TV [EU]
Guest Lecturer — Manchester School of Architecture [UK]
past positions / affiliations
Researcher, Editor — Mecanoo [NL] (2014 - 2015)
Consultant Editor — SVESMI [NL]
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