After post graduate work experience in Australia, Japan and the USA, James foundered fitzpatrick+partners in 2000.
The studio has subsequently grown from a 1 person practice to a studio of 60 professionals, undertaking the design of private homes,
hotels, office buildings and towers, urban design of city developments and precincts, education and health projects across Australia.
The studio is a market leader in undertaking research into new technologies products and systems used in all phases of the design and construction industry.
Led by James, these studies have specifically investigated the commercialism of engineered timber construction for large scale projects.
James is considered a leading authority of the implementation, design, detailing and fabrication of such assemblies, being invited to lecture and advise on such projects around the world.
Not all the buildings designed by F+P are timber, but each project is defined by a logical analysis of frugality, place, systems,
carbon intensity and materiality. This is over laid with a framework of our “rules”, producing respondent diagrams, which resolve
and explain the aesthetic, function, planning and how we respond to our environmental emergency.
The outcome is buildings with a respect of locale, materiality, proportion, colour and environment – buildings of delight.
The studio has taken on a stewardship role within our industry related to addressing the environmental issues of today and
achieving an equality with our original peoples. As such, the studio is a signatory to Architects Declare, and has published its
Sustainability Action Plan demonstrating how we will achieve carbon zero status and bring influence upon our projects.
Equally, we have signed a memorandum of understanding with iDiC to foster an engagement of services, training and skills with the indigenous community.