James is an architecturally trained building conservator specialising in sustainability and recording of the historic built environment. Currently he is the programme leader for the MSc. Building Surveying programme at University College of Estate Management. Previously a senior lecturer in sustainability of the existing built environment at Kingston University, teaching on the Building Surveying and historic building conservation courses. Currently James is the vice-president of ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Energy and sustainability (ICOMOS ISCES). He is also on the ICOMOS UK National Scientific Committee on Digital Heritage and ICOMOS UN Sustainable Development Goals Working Group. James was made a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society in 2010 for work on the sustainability of the built environment. Published widely on sustainability, health, and conservation issues. James is also a reviewer for Routledge and Journal of Architectural Conservation.


Expert Member – ICOMOS

Vice-President ICOMOS ISCES

Qualifications and membershipsTeachingResearch interestsIndustry


PhD, Kingston School of Art, Kingston University

Postgraduate Diploma (Part 2) in Architecture, Kingston University

Architecture Degree BA(Hons), Kingston University

Foundation in Technology and Engineering, Kingston University


FRGS (Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society)


  • Sustainability
  • Climate Change
  • Existing built environment


Main research interests are sustainability of the existing built environment particularly existing cities and historic buildings and the recording of existing buildings.


In practice, James worked for several years at MBP Architects and Carden and Godfrey Architects, on a variety of projects, including the Palace of Westminster, Beverly Minster and many smaller commercial and residential schemes.

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