Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
James Leathem

James Leathem - Associate Partner

James’ open mind to innovation and his creative way of resolving problems have added great value to our project management. Without doubt, all of us, the client, contractors, consultants and above all, the project, have been enriched from his support

Roberto Viñes Cier, Former Regional Operations Director, Bovis Lend Lease Catalonian Area / Las Arenas

James joined Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners in 1993 and has worked on various projects throughout the world. He has collaborated on many prestigious projects in Europe, including a long period working on the reconstruction of Potsdamer Platz for Daimler Benz in the centre of Berlin.

As well as contributing to many world-wide competitions, James was the project architect for the National Assembly for Wales in Cardiff and became an Associate in 2001, before moving to Spain, where he worked on T4 at Barajas Airport in Madrid (Stirling Prize Winner 2006). Following this, he moved to Barcelona, where he ran the RSHP office and continued to develop his detailed design skills and site experience by working as project architect for the duration of the conversion of Las Arenas Plaza de Toros into a commercial and leisure centre, developing and organising the project from the planning stage right the way through to construction on site.

James is a Spanish speaker and, following his work in Barcelona, moved to Mexico, where he worked as project architect for RSHP on the detailed design and site supervision stages of the new headquarters tower for the BBVA Bancomer Bank in the heart of Mexico City. Here, James improved his skills for working within a different cultural environment, collaborating with the co-architect Legorreta + Legorreta under the name of ‘LegoRogers’.

Having moved back to the UK Office, James has continued to work on exciting projects across the world, including the National Football Stadium for Caracas in Venezuela, as well as a large mixed use development in the heart of Chongqing, China. He is currently working on the Spy Museum in the centre of Washington DC.