Mr. James is a project manager in B&D’s Atlanta office, where he is a member of the Collegiate Implementation Group. He serves as a strategic advisor to higher education clients throughout the planning, design, and construction process. Peter’s background as an architect is complemented by his previous professional experience in nonprofit program management and communications.
Before joining B&D, Peter worked for nearly a decade as an architect in Washington, DC. His client portfolio includes District of Columbia Public Schools/DC Department of General Services, Los Angeles Unified School District, George Mason University, and several independent K-12 schools. His experience includes visioning, programming, master planning, renovation, new construction, historic preservation, and complex phased-occupancy projects.
Peter’s design work with DCPS/DGS encompassed five school modernizations totaling $350 million in construction. His efforts on Watkins Elementary School were recognized with an AIA DC Presidential Citation for Sustainable Design. Most recently, he served as the AE job captain for the District’s first net-zero energy school, West Elementary. Peter served on the steering committee of the AIA DC Committee on Architecture for Education (CAE) and has presented at several conferences, including regional and national CAE events and the annual meeting of the Association for Learning Environments. He has authored articles in ARCHITECT (the national publication of the AIA) and ArchitectureDC. Before training as an architect, Peter was a program and communications manager at CIDQ, the national certification body for interior design professionals.
Peter is a licensed architect and holds the LEED AP Building Design + Construction credential. He received a Master of Architecture from the University of Maryland, where he studied abroad in Rome, Berlin, and Dubai. As someone who personally benefited during his public school education from special accommodations and services for hearing loss, Peter is committed to equity and access to education for all students, regardless of their ability or socioeconomic background.