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James Ewen
T: +44 20 7419 3558
"I believe that successful creation of distinctive buildings requires three elements; exploration, innovation and most importantly, collaboration."
My formative years certainly influenced my career; spare time was spent drawing, painting and model making and visits to London during the holidays gave me insight into place making; I became interested in how buildings related to their location and surrounding context and how historical monuments co-exist alongside their modern contemporaries.

After studying under the guidance of inspiring conceptually progressive tutors at the University of Greenwich, I continued my education in London at the Bartlett School of Architecture, where I developed an appreciation of materials and manufacturing processes. Taking advice from a former mentor to vary my early experience as much as possible, I have worked on a diverse range of projects at various stages of the design process, including a 2,000ha masterplan in Panama, a Nash villa in Regents Park and a bespoke, state of-the-art, glass façade for an art gallery in the Cotswolds.

I joined RPP in 2013 from Rafael Viñoly Architects, where I completed the award-winning £55m Mathematical Institute. Forming part of Oxford University’s new Radcliffe Observatory Quarter Masterplan, the project was a unique privilege to work within the beautiful setting of Oxford, alongside some of the most fascinating minds in the country.

Outside of the office I love going to the theatre, discovering new restaurants, walks with the dog and travelling. I also enjoy playing football, running, skiing, shooting, swimming, wildlife, reading and photography.