Since 2008, James has been associated with Scrafano Architects and has worked on many of the projects in Chicago, Michigan, and Los Angeles. He is currently at the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts where he works as grants coordinator.
Growing up in Idaho, and attending Idaho State University and the College of Idaho, James studied physics and political science. He subsequently studied architecture at Portland State University and finished at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Photos of James and his restored apartment at Marina City Towers have been exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago as well as at galleries in Boston and Los Angeles. He has also been published in Monocle magazine and Time Out Chicago. He served on the board of directors of the Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History for more than a decade and continues to serve on the council of electors for Enfoque Ixcan, an organization providing eyecare to an impoverished region of Guatemala.
James is passionate about travel, literature, poetry, opera, dance, art, coffee, and catalpa trees. When not working, James is somewhere in Chicago seeing something fascinating or talking with interesting people. Whether it is music, dance, lecture, exhibits, or whatever, James is there.