Zidell Yards Master Plan
James is Sasaki’s Chief Executive Officer. Over the past decade he has helped guide the strategic evolution of the firm. Key efforts have included rebranding the firm to elevate our collaborative and inclusive approach to design, renewing our commitment to being active members of the Boston design community, growing our commercial architecture and interior design practice, establishing a firm-wide research grant program, and adding new expertise around technology, fabrication, and digital design. James is also Chair of the Sasaki Foundation Advisory Council, which brings together leaders across sectors from Greater Boston to help shape the work of the Sasaki Foundation. The Foundation connects young people to design mentorship and resources and has awarded $385,000 in grants to groups interested in pursuing focused research initiatives that foster diversity and equity in the design field.
As a licensed planner, James’s portfolio of work at Sasaki spans all scales and includes urban infill projects, corporate campuses, new communities, strategic land development, and regional planning. James also has significant experience planning for colleges and universities.
James holds a master of urban planning from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and a bachelor of science in art and design from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is an active member of the American Planning Association.
Lower Mississippi River Delta
Des Moines, IA
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