James Petras

AIA / Project Architect

James’ approach to architecture begins with the interior of the building. Working with users, his designs are founded on an understanding of each client’s needs — now and into the future. A life-long learner, he strives to stay on the cusp of technological and sustainable innovations. In all of his designs, James incorporates both passive and active strategies to achieve solutions that leave a small footprint, and as sustainable design becomes more imperative, he seeks to find new and thoughtful ways to integrate green principles on any project budget. Similarly he has a passion for Building Information Modeling, and he works to understand how new Revit capabilities can expedite the design process or with sourcing new material options. Before he moved to New York, James  worked on projects in Saudi Arabia with Goettsch Partners. He joins WRNS after contributing to the new 500,000 sq ft Coach Headquarters, and 6 floors of interior space for Nike’s Headquarters with Studios Architecture in New York.

James appreciates that design has no prescribed structure; with drawings being very fluid, the process is similar to sculpture — like a ball of clay that can be molded and remolded until the form emerges. James received his bachelor of architecture from Lawrence Technological University, and his master of architecture from the University of Cincinnati.

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