James became fascinated with the natural system and native ecology at a young age. He began building habitats such as small koi ponds to attract tree frogs at the age of 11.
After graduating with his bachelor’s degree, he took a job in Little Rock, working for a landscape architecture company that focused on high end residential design work. The work was enjoyable and allowed for creativity but lacked the connection to ecology.
After returning, he took a position as a crew leader for a landscape design company to better understand the construction aspect of design. He began to feel the same lack of connection to the natural environment, so he began to look again for a new position. He started working for an engineering company where he gained large amounts of valuable CAD knowledge and engineering understanding at a large scale. But again, the attachment with Earth was not there, so he left the company and hiked the PCT to immerse himself in nature and observe how natural functions work on a deeper level while also gaining new perspective on his own life goals.
When he returned, he reached out to EDG. He has just taken a position with EGD and is excited to contribute to connecting the human world with the natural world. To bridge the gap between us and the natural environment and integrate nature into our world through design.