In the next of our Meet the Team series, we talk to Associate and Australian Architect, James Jago.


What got you into architecture originally?

I come from a creative family of designers, architects and engineers. I grew up surrounded by ink, pens, scales, tools, yellow trace and blueprints. It was a very inspiring environment full of creative energy and discussion, and a lot of DIY. It seemed only natural I found myself pursuing a creative profession that stemmed from fond childhood experiences.


Describe your role at Lees Associates

As a practice Associate my time is more managerially-focused, engaging closely with clients and consultants. Back in the office I have a great team working with me who are collaborative, receptive, forward-thinking and hard-working.  


Where do your particular passions, skills and interests lie?

Photography. Industrial design. Exploring. Family. Apparently, I’m a good listener. Exercise: I’m partial to my boot camp workouts in the park, even during winter.


What do you enjoy about what you do?

I enjoy the collaborative process with others to achieve the desired result. I love it when it all comes together. Same team, same goal! 


What project are you most proud of?

It would have to be my first ever project that I completed straight out of university. A cleverly designed, climatically responsive, award-winning inner city dwelling back home in Australia. But I’m sensing my current renovation project in central London has a strong potential to challenge that crown!


What are your plans for the future?

Ah, is this where I say, design and build my own home? Plans are to stay here in the UK. Always open for the opportunity to get my teeth into a small scale residential opportunity. 


What do you get up to outside of the office?

I’m a social person who enjoys exploring both the natural and built environments. These gave rise to my love of travel: foot, pedal, car, boat, plane, train. I enjoy photography and have developed a sharp eye for composition to best capture my interests.