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James Purkiss
Architectural Assistant

James graduated from the Bartlett School of Architecture in 2008 with a first and a nomination for the RIBA's Bronze Medal. He spent three years at Brian O’Reilly Architects and also undertook several volunteer projects, including an adventure playground with the Islington Play Association.

James joined Walters & Cohen in 2012 as part of the team for the Royal Greenwich UTC. At the same time he designed (pro bono) an outdoor pavilion for Rhyl Primary School, a school close to our office that makes the most of teaching outside. He left the practice to complete an MPhil in Environmental Design in Architecture at the University of Cambridge, using Rhyl’s new outdoor classroom as a case study in his thesis. James completed his Part 3 at the London Met in 2018.

James returned in September 2013 to work on the Godolphin and Latymer sports building. Following its completion, he worked on Twyford Abbey, was part of the Newnham team, and completed a feasibility study for Ranelagh Primary School in east London. Current projects include designs for two schools outside the UK.