James Sibson

BA(Hons)  BArch  AABC

James is focused upon delivering design solutions developed from an intricate understanding of existing and historic buildings, structures and landscapes.

He is an experienced project architect capable of leading projects of all scales, and skilled at assessing the needs of heritage assets and developing conservation strategies that realise the benefits that development brings.

As an Architect Accredited in Building Conservation, James’ strengths lie in his experience of the assessment, repair and reuse of heritage assets. Working cross-practice, James helps our clients and design teams recognise the heritage value of a scheme, identifying and guiding in the procurement of specialist surveys, and thereby unlocking the potential of existing buildings. His role is to guide sensitive design solutions that support the beneficial development of the cultural opportunities of the project.

Since joining FCBStudios in 2014, James has led projects including the renovation of Murrays’ Mills which has been noted by Historic England as one of the ten most influential buildings in Britain and the assessment and repair package of work on Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings (the worlds first iron-framed building). He has led on the practical conservation works for Bath Abbey’s Footprint project and advised on brief development for Manchester Cathedral vision for its future.

Recently, he has advised on managing heritage risk in major redevelopment schemes such as St Mary le Port, Bristol and Cleeves Riverside, Limerick by identifying viable development solutions with opportunities for improvement in historic environments and enhance cultural value.  

James is a key contributor to the discussion around the creative reuse and conservation of existing buildings within the practice.

James Sibson