John James, ASLA

John James has, since 1986, provided professional planning and design services to more than 600 public and private clients in Virginia and the District of Columbia.
His projects have ranged in size and complexity from small residential landscapes to college campus planning; from historic site preservation to town planning; from re-inventing small garden spaces to large estate master plans.
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Site Planning and Design:

  • visual analysis and landscape assessment
  • commercial and institutional site design
  • mixed-use site design, single and multiple-unit housing site design
  • parking and roadway design
  • feasibility studies and master planning


Healing Gardens:

  • landscape design to enhance healing and access to nature for healthcare facilities
  • contemplative environments for retreat centers


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  • Master of Landscape Architecture, 1983, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
  • Bachelor of Arts in Theater Arts, 1970, University of Virginia, Charlottesville

Professional History:

  • Principal of John F. James, Landscape Architect, Orange, Virginia. 1986 to the present. A private landscape architecture firm with over 600 residential, commercial and institutional projects with total construction costs exceeding five million dollars.
  • Lecturer, Department of Landscape Architecture, School of Architecture, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, 1988. Taught course in site engineering to graduate students in the School of Architecture.
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All gardening is landscape painting. ~ Alexander Pope

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