James Burland 

Photo: David Weightman

2014-2018: Architectural Consultant

Atmosphere Design Studio

Why Atmosphere Design? Its purpose is to place an architectural project in the centre of the circle of people needed to design it. The idea is based on conclusions from studying for a Masters in Interdisciplinary design for the built environment (MSt IDBE) at the University of Cambridge. The thesisfir the degree began with the topic, Stadium Atmosphere. It was an investigation that led to a wider proposition that architectural ambience is a starting point for designing how a building environment feels for the people who will experience it. Although atmopshere is biased to personal experience and circumstances on the day, there are technical elements to do with the physical environment that can have a profound effect. These benefit from specific professions and specialists. In gathering data from the participants in stadium design, beginning with users, it was clear that atmosphere is described in universal terms  making it a means for binding together the diverse range of contributors needed to create a great place to be.

Architectural Consultant to the Terrell Group

The work with Structural engineers, Terrell,  was a return to multi- disciplinary design and it led to enrolment in the  MSt IDBE course. An example of atmosphere  emerging as a design approach is the Winchester Science Centre project. Here the director of the centre, and the designers of soundscape, Sustainable Acoustics, had a vision for the atmosphere of the project which Terrell could add to.


Masters Degree in Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment (IDBE) at the University of Cambridge (Thesis Topic: Stadium Atmosphere)


Post-Olympics and Football – the conundrum (from a thesis for an Mst IDBE, University of Cambridge)

2011-2013: Lake Como

Live work Housing Prototype in response to the decline of local family home businesses in the lake villages

House renovation, Centro Storico – Griante (full design will be in collaboration with local architects)

Stadium consultancy work in Hungary and Naples (in collaboration with local architects and engineers)

2000-2010: BURLANDTM



Aldgate Student Housing (Early Design study)

Aldgate Student Housing, Assam and Fieldgate Streets

The Billiardrome Project (a proposal to World Snooker by Peter Bainbridge)

Royal Gloucestershire Hospital Haematology Unit



Shepperton Studios – transformation masterplan (before and after)

Bristol Arena Masterplan, Arena, Housing and Offices

Cardiff Bay Sports Village Masterplan, Snowdome Hotel, Arena and Ice-Rink

Pinewood Film Studios Masterplan, Gatehouse and Bond Stage (Planning application scheme)


Housing: Pinewood Studios Backlot
Pinewood Studios design for an inhabited backlot – a collage of existing popular film locations (sites are illustrative only)


Film Studios: Pinewood Gate House, James Burland Architect
Pinewood Gatehouse

Shepperton Film Studios Masterplan and New Buildings

Ealing Film Studios

Upper Street Post Office and Sorting Office Redevelopment, London (not built)

Falcon Wharf from its first scheme with planning consent, then the later, as built for its buyer, reorganized and with extra floors.


Falcon Wharf Apartment Building, Battersea, London

Petworth Street School Redevelopment, Battersea, London (not built)

Crispin Street Building Restoration and Office Redevelopment (not Built)

House on Zakynthos

2005 IAAF Stadium, Picketts Lock, London (competition)

(2000-2) Architectural Consultant to Arup Associates: City of Manchester Stadium Consultant 

1990-1999: Arup Associates

Re-hired to Arup from Sydney, head architect after 3 years. Author of architectural concepts in the collaborative multi-professional project teams for:

Manchester City FC Stadium


Final Design for the 2002 Commonwealth Games and legacy as Manchester City FC Stadium (drawn by Alan Davidson, Hayes Davidson)


Arup Campus

BP Solar Showcase

Plantation Place, Fenchurch Street, London (not built)

Pfizer Complex, Surrey (not built)

Crystal Palce Athletics and Swimming Pool Redevelopment (not built)

Bedford School Kindergarten (not built)

A Kindergarten Idea

BT Brentwood

Johannesburg Athletics Stadium

Durham new college (later known as Ustinov College at Howland’s Farm)

Glasgow Arena Competition winning scheme (1996 project, not built)

Berlin Olympic Arena (1991/2)

Japan 2002 World Cup (with Mitsubishi Estates and Arup Japan)

Stockley Park Heathrow, ‘The Square”, 5 New Buildings

1986 to 1990: Philip Cox in Sydney, Australia

Projects were mostly conceptual designs for housing, hotels, a library, and various commercial developments. But it was the stadium experience gained in early preparatory designs for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Bid that eventually were imported back to Arup. The influence of Cox’s stadium design, particularly the Sydney Football Stadium (Paddington) and Bruce Stadium, is apparent in the Manchester and Johannesburg stadiums.

Coopers Park, Sydney (Cox Architects)


1980-1986 Arup Associates: Project Architect


Stockley Park Heathrow: Masterplan and Phase One Buildings: Conceptual and detailed design, production packages and site supervision

Bedford High School Junior School and Sixth Form Buildings

Eton College Science Laboratories: External Sunscreen System

Bab Al Sheikh, Baghdad: Urban Design and Buildings

1978 Arup Associates: Student Placement

iBM Havant Office Building Courtyard Hard Landscaping




MSt IDBE – Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment (Cantab)

BArch (Hons, University of Bath)

BSc Gen Arch Studs (University of Bath)

RIBA (1983 and re-elected 2014)


Certificate of Education (Performance Guitar, ACM, Guildford)

Winner of the 3MT (3 minute thesis) competition, University Of Cambridge 2018