James Stockwell Architecture is based in Sydney. Projects are predominantly residential, including multi-residential and small-scale public buildings.
The practice is concerned with developing unique architectural work specific to each project with a common thread of the influence of context, passive solar design, low running costs and that architecture tells a story of its place and people. The practice is small and limited projects are undertaken so clients have a greater level of concentration on the work. Buildings are in progress in locations around New South Wales, Victoria, Western Australia, Tasmania and New Zealand.
James won the 2013 Alan and Beth Coldicutt Award for Sustainable Architecture for the Croft House. The jury commented “Quite early in the assessment process, from a field of 240 commendable entries, each the result of professional passion, a single project emerged from the crowd to announce itself with a clear voice above all others. Subsequently, throughout a rigorous process, that project remained to become a unanimous, clear leader and as fresh as the new day.”
James won the 2008 Wilkinson Award for Residential Buildings for the Leura House. The 2008 Jury chair commented with ''the awarded projects were all of a very high quality but we did believe there was one stand out".
Prior to establishment in 2000 James Stockwell was project architect for the two Robyn Boyd Award winning houses while working with Peter Stutchbury. Professional experience includes urban design, landscape architecture and larger educational buildings including an auditorium.
James has been a keynote speaker at several local and international conferences and taught at many Australian Universities most recently Sydney University and UNSW.
The architecture of the practice is one of natural low embodied energy materials. passive solar design, natural light egress and enhancing the experience of the landscape are common in the work. Each project makes its own power and collects its own water.
Fewer projects are undertaken by James to allow greater time spent with clients and the builder ensuring budget compliance and an outstanding final result.