James Pickard

Founding Director

James Pickard co-founded the practice with Peter Cartwright in 1997 and runs our London office.

He has market-leading skills in housing design, with a particular strength in developing buildable, viable schemes for challenging and complex urban sites and has helped the practice to develop a reputation for innovation and the practical use of offsite construction methods, with a particular focus on lean, low carbon solutions, air quality and wellbeing.

James also has a particular expertise in workplace design and has recently overseen the London Borough of Lambeth’s new civic offices and refurbishment and transformation of Brixton Town Hall. He is currently involved in the design and delivery of a major new civic office and residential scheme for Crawley Borough Council.

James has a passion for research and has carried out government funded research work into the design of low energy buildings and office occupier productivity as well as a running a current KTP into the potential for 7D BIM.

He was invited by the Department for Communities and Local Government to sit as a steering board member and contributor to the Urban Land Institute’s ‘Build to Rent’ best practice guide for the private rental sector and sat on the main board of Constructing Excellence between 2005-2006. James has been an assessor for several industry award schemes including the Civic Trust and is an Honorary Professor at the Glasgow School of Art for his contribution to the Mackintosh School of Architecture.