James Donaldson, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

James Donaldson, AIA, LEED AP BD+C


James is a Principal with more than 17 years of professional experience in designing large scale projects.  His experience includes the architectural design of diverse building typologies including office buildings, cathedrals and large scale mixed-use developments.

James earned a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte and a Master of Architecture Degree from Virginia Tech.  Prior to joining Johnson Fain, James was practicing in San Francisco with a focus on high-end residential and tenant improvements during the ‘dot-com’ boom.  James is a LEED Accredited Professional with specialty in Building Design and Construction (AP BD+C) and a Co-Chair of the Greening Committee for Greenbuild 2016.

James’ knowledge of the building industry is complemented with his interest in green building technologies and advanced computer modeling.  James has co-taught architectural courses with Scott Johnson at both Berkeley and USC and has been a guest speaker at USC’s BIM symposium.  


  • Master of Architecture, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia, 1999
  • Bachelor of Architecture, University of North Carolina, Charlotte, North Carolina, 1996

Notable Projects