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James Hall

Position: Director

Certified European Passivhaus Designer, Management Team

James joined Associated Architects in 2002 and after a period of two years working abroad, returned in 2008, becoming a Director in 2012.

Working primarily in the commercial and higher education sectors, James has led a series of projects of all scales for clients including Bruntwood, Linkcity, Anthology, and the universities of Oxford, Cambridge, Warwick, Coventry, Leeds and Birmingham City. His collaborative and easy to work with approach, reflected in his consistently high KPI scores from clients, alongside his innovative and award winning designs (RIBA and BCO) with a focus on sustainability have generated long-standing relationships with clients.

James has advised multiple clients and other architects on achieving Passivhaus and low-energy construction on both new build and refurbishment projects (including listed buildings). He has presented at Passivhaus Trust events and is actively involved with the BCO, sitting on the Midlands regional committee, and previously acting as a judge for their awards programme.

As the Director responsible for IT, he has led the implementation of Building Information Modelling (BIM) within the practice. He is focused on making best use of its advantages for client through this process, including using its capabilities to interrogate designs in order to refine them to ensure sustainability and Soft Landings benefits are maximised and has presented his experiences at BIM Show Live.

Current and Recent Projects

Global Health Building, University of Oxford: £20m new build office and research facility designed to Passivhaus standards and targeting Zero Carbon

Enterprise Wharf, Birmingham: The 11,100sq.m building for Bruntwood SciTech will offer contemporary, flexible office space with a roof garden for technology-focussed tenants, set within our Birmingham Knowledge Quarter Masterplan

Deptford Foundry, London: Mixed-use development for developer Anthology, comprising retail units and 314 apartments, £75m

Hallsville Quarter Phase 2, London: The second phase of a residential-led mixed-use development for Bouygues, £60m


Nexus, University of Leeds: Nexus uniquely brings together co-working, research, incubation, events and laboratory spaces within one BREEAM Excellent and EPC A building, providing a high-profile business-facing front door for the university’s research activities, £40m

European Bio-Energy Research Institute, Aston University: Comprehensive redevelopment of a former cinema into a bioenergy research centre, powered by biofuel, which achieved EPC A+, BREEAM Excellent and carbon negative building performance, £6m

Business School, University of Warwick: Using best sustainable practice, achieving BREEAM Excellent and an A EPC rating, £15m

2 Chamberlain Square, Birmingham: CAT B fit out to two floors (3,354sq.m) of a new build office in the city’s prestigious Paradise development, creating a hybrid and fully agile workspace

City Centre Campus, Birmingham City University: Masterplan to transform a large part of the city centre into a vibrant modern campus, £125m

Curzon Building, Birmingham City University: 25,000sq.m development to create a new “Front Door” for the university accommodating a Faculty, a new Library, and Union, £42m

Curzon B Building, Birmingham City University: The third phase of the university’s City Centre Campus to provide a new build extension to the Curzon Building, creating almost 9,300sq.m of teaching spaces, £31m

Parkside Building, Birmingham City University: RIBA Award winning 18,300sq.m faculty building containing TV studios, technical workshops and media production spaces for the university’s Institute of Art and Design and the Faculty of Performance, Media and English, £43m

Fiskars Showroom and Office, Birmingham: Refurbishment and interior design to create a UK headquarters for the international brand

BCU Curzon B