James Soane, Director
James Soane, MA (Cantab) Dip Arch (UCL) RIBA
James Soane is a qualified architect, teacher and writer having studied at Cambridge and the Bartlett graduating with distinction. He set up Project Orange with Christopher Ash and joined full-time in 2001 having been a director of Sir Terence Conran’s design company where he worked on a number of high profile projects including the Great Eastern Hotel in London, Ark Hills in Tokyo, Bridge Market in New York and Das Triest hotel in Vienna.
James’ projects include the €60m fit out of the new Raddisson Farnham House Hotel in Ireland, the Park Hotel in Navi Mumbai, India and the new Jerwood Art and Design Building for Oakham School. Recently he completed the Dining Rooms for the Whitechapel Art Gallery in London and a concept room for the Hoxton Hotel. He is currently working on an exciting new concept hotel in India, a new-build house in Moscow and a large housing project in London.
He has taught architecture at the Bartlett, UCL, and Kingston University from first year through to Masters level. In 2012 he ran the final diploma project at KLC in London. He is currently the Chair of the RIBA New Courses Committee, Vice Chair of Education Committee and recently an RIBA Awards Judge. In the past few years he chaired RIBA Validation boards to Beirut, Singapore, Hull, China and Manchester. He is a frequent contributor to the architectural press and continues to be a guest critic at UCL as well as lecturing around UK. In 2012 he presented at paper at the ‘Theory by Design’ conference in Antwerp and spoke at the Sleep event in London.
As an author he wrote ‘New Homes’ published by Conran Octopus in August 2003 and ‘Catalogue’ on the work of Project Orange, published by Black Dog Publishing. He has participated in 100% Design, the Sleep Event, the 2008 Oxford Education conference and the AJ Hotel conference 2009
The research outcomes of the practice, published in PO Box, were shortlisted for the 2011 RIBA President’s Award for Outstanding Practice-located Research.