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James Newton
T: +44 20 7419 3564
"Seeing ideas become form is immensely satisfying and rewarding."
From an early age, I have always been interested in making things. From airfix kits of aeroplanes and ships to cities made of lego, I have always sought out a physical interaction with the world around me.

After finishing school I studied Fine Art at Central Saint Martins making sculptures and installations that explored the psychology of space and how it was inhabited. In the second year I took a course on the history of modern architecture and suddenly realised that there was a whole profession which specialised in my interests, giving me a much broader reach and the potential to change people's lives for the better.

I switched to architecture and enrolled at the University of Westminster. During this course I learned to structure my ideas into an architectural project and developed the skills I would need to work in practice. For my Part II I moved to the Royal College of Art where I studied under David Knight, Charles Holland and Finn Williams in ADS2s 'New Town' unit. Aiming to recapture the optimism and vision of the postwar New Town movement, I proposed a series of academic settlements on the Varsity Line between Oxford and Cambridge, forming a new 'University of Oxbridge.'

I chose to return to RPP (for the fifth time!) because I was impressed by their energy and commitment and the unique studio atmosphere which values both work and play. Having been in and out of RPP during my studies, I was keen to rejoin the team full time and be part of its story going forward.