• 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.
  • Landscape Architect in the office of Meade Palmer, FASLA, Warrenton, Virginia, 1983-1986. Responsibilities included design and project management. Work included residential, commercial and institutional projects in Maryland, Washington, DC, and Virginia.

Accreditation and Affiliations:

  • Commonwealth of Virginia, Certified Landscape Architect, Number 0406 000220, 1985.
  • Member, American Society of Landscape Architects. Past Chairman, Blue Ridge Section, Virginia Chapter, American Society of Landscape Architects, 1988.
  • President, Orange Rotary Club, Orange, Virginia, 1996-1997.
  • President-Elect, Orange Downtown Alliance (a National Trust for Historic Preservation Main Street Organization), 1996-1997. Chairman, Design Committee, 1992-1994, 1995-1996.
  • Member, Extension Service Advisory Committe, VPI Extension Service, Orange, Virginia, 1993-1995.
  • Member, Town of Orange Tree Commission, Orange, Virginia, 1996-present.
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Grymes Memorial School, Orange, Virginia, 2002-2003.
  • Member, Board of Directors, Orange County Historic Society, Orange, Virginia, 1988-1990, 2001-2002.
  • Member, Board of Directors, Hospice of the Rapidan, Culpeper, Virginia 2004-present.
  • Member, Town of Orange Comprehensive Plan Committee, Orange, Virginia, 2004-present.