James Greenaway


James has a proven track record of creating and delivering projects of every budget and scale to the highest standards and quality. He has led experienced project teams across a range of developments with a specialism in mixed-use development.

“I enjoy reading about, thinking about, and writing about architecture, as it helps inspire creative, innovative, commercially-minded solutions for our clients that can unlock the potential, and maximise the value of their sites. “

E: james@louisdesoissons.com
T: 01438 833003

James believes that as architects we have a responsibility to create sustainable developments that focus on place-making to create desirable places to work, make, shop and live.

Working in property development for the past 20 years has given James a genuine understanding of the planning process within the UK which has given him an expertise in achieving consent for small, medium, and large-scale schemes within London and the Home Counties.

The spaces where we work continuously evolve, for James it is important to spend time understanding a client’s businesses to ensure that we can design office workspaces which reflect their culture and identity.

“Creating places people want to work, meet and collaborate within, is now more important than ever before, especially given there will be more choice when it comes to working in the office or from home.”

Ultimately James believes in developing honest and lasting relationships with clients, consultants, and contractors as part of the holistic design process in order that concepts which are created collaboratively can be deliverable within budget and timescales.


June 2019 – Present
Louis de Soissons: Director (Architecture) Mixed Use Development

Oct 2007 – June 2019
BuckleyGrayYeoman: Associate Director

Sept 2002 – Dec 2006
Pascall + Watson: Architect

Sept 1999 – Sept 2000
Granit Chartered Architects: Assistant Architect


Client: Kiri Capital

Grafonola’s walls once reverberated with the sounds of some of the greatest musicians of the 20th century, as famous composers immortalised their work in the recordings produced by Columbia Music.

James commenced this project in 2020 acting as lead architect from concept through to completion. This exceptional building has been designed to achieve Net Carbon Zero in construction and includes a full refurbishment of the 7 floors of this former Victorian warehouse. The completed project provides 18,000sq.ft of HQ workspace with a large reception area, double-height amenity space and roof terrace with stunning views over St Paul’s and beyond.

Talbot Studios

118 Talbot St, Nottingham NG1 5GP
Client: Empiric Student Property Ltd

James has developed a trusted working relationship with his client Empiric Student Property plc over the last few years assisting them with feasibilities and planning schemes to full refurbishment and fit-out works for their student property portfolio around the country.

The project at Talbot Studios in Nottingham included the full refurbishment of an existing building and fit-out to create a new Post-Grad offering for the clients’ HelloStudent brand in the city.

The Bersey Warehouse

293-295 Old Street, Hackney
Client: Aviva

James began work on this scheme for BuckelyGrayYeoman in 2015. The scheme was a full refurbishment and extension of an existing warehouse near Old Street roundabout. The building was extended by 1 1/2 storeys, as well as creating a new basement. Internally a new core was inserted into the building and the space fitted out to a Cat-B standard for occupation by the owner Aviva. The scheme was delivered by Collins Construction in October 2019.

The Minster Building

3 Minster Court, Mincing Lane EC3 I
Client: Ivanhoe Cambridge

James led the refurbishment of the Minster Building for BuckleyGrayYeoman, the project breathes new life into an existing office building located in the heart of The City.

The buildings show-piece is a stunning new entrance and café space, the provision of 250,000 sq-ft of upgraded modern Cat ‘A’ office space and modernised retail shop-fronts at the lower levels.


London Fields, London E8
Client: Aitch Group

James Greenaway was the Associate Director responsible for this scheme whilst at BuckleyGrayYeoman.

This new build development provides 3,165m2 of office floorspace (Use Class B1) at basement ground and first floor level and 40 residential dwellings on the upper floors with 7 x 1 bed, 23 x 2 bed and 10 x 3 bed, together with associated amenity space, refuse storage and cycle parking facilities.