James Wilson is a Director of Lyons and a practice leader in design and briefing for civic, cultural, and educational projects. Highly experienced in the development and delivery of complex, multimillion dollar public precincts, his expertise lies in bringing together the collaborative nature of learning and research environments. James’ extensive experience over the last 20 years has seen him become a national leader in innovative learning, cultural and library spaces. He is highly recognised for his formative design work in the ‘vertical campus’ model.
An innovative and future-focused architect, James engages and listens to clients and users, utilising ‘co-design’ methodologies to create new architectural ideas within a humanist framework. By hybridising concepts in technology, social, learning, retail, and workplace settings, he forges new urban and internal settings. He is at the forefront of pedagogical design, conceiving engaging ways to deliver and teach content interactively, provide high-end research and simulation environments all while stitching these together with the social ‘glue’ of diverse informal and collaborative settings.
Integral to James’ design discourse is the integration of cultural strategies that connect communities and local histories to provide meaningful urban places. He also brings leading environmental design knowledge to Lyons’ major projects, expanding strategies beyond rating systems to incorporate social wellbeing, cultural and carbon based platforms. recognised leader within the studio, James also shares his knowledge and experiences with the broader architecture community, lecturing at the University of Melbourne and RMIT University, and in his time hosting design talks unpacking Lyons’ award-winning projects.