James Black joined HRA in 2005 shortly after completing his Master of Architecture degree at UCLA. Over time he has demonstrated outstanding abilities in the execution and management of complex projects with high design and technical ambitions, initially in support roles and later as a senior Project Architect and Project Manager with overall responsibility for delivery of high-quality results.
James’ interests in Architecture are diverse. He co-founded the website Architecture Burger in 2003 to publish original design and research work, with particular focus on the intersections between design culture and popular culture. While he remains an avid student of 1960’s and 70’s modernism, James has developed a keen interest in the intricacies of building technologies and the craft of architectural materials, assemblies and details during his tenure at HRA. In addition, he has created and implemented a number of innovative project management and quality control strategies that have significantly enhanced our delivery of projects.
Prior to his graduate studies at UCLA, James earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in in English Language and Literature from the University of Chicago. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design, and he is an active member of the American Institute of Architects Los Angeles Chapter, in addition to being recognized as a LEED Accredited Professional by the Green Building Certification Institute.