James has a bachelor’s degree in structural engineering, a master’s and a Ph.D. in Fire Engineering from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. James has developed both fire engineering and structural fire engineering strategies and designs on projects throughout Australia, the United States, and New Zealand, with a specific emphasis on mixed-use residential and commercial buildings, and large industrial complexes.
James has carried out extensive full scale fire testing and advanced finite element analysis of timber assemblies in fire, has co-authored numerous design guidelines on the fire design of heavy timber assemblies such as LVL, glulam and CLT systems, and also sits on the standards committee revising fire design for timber in Australia and New Zealand.
In addition to his considerable level of expertise with timber structures, he has significant experience in the analysis of steel and concrete structures for a wide range of applications for new developments and the adaptive re-use of existing structures. James has been heavily involved in the renovation and upgrade work of heritage buildings, and takes a holistic approach to fire safety design for the preservation of heritage features while achieving a practical degree of performance.
James is a Chartered Member of Engineers Australia (CPEng – Fire Safety & Structural), a C10 Accredited Certifier (Fire Safety Engineering Compliance) in NSW, a Registered Engineer on the National Professional Engineers Register (NPER) in Fire Safety and Structural engineering, a member of the Society of Fire Safety, and a Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland (RPEQ).