About James Burland

James Burland recently qualified with a Masters in Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment from Cambridge University.  It was a step back from the world of architectural design dominated by profit to search for new perspectives for his passion for interdisciplinary design.

This passion can be traced back to Burland’s education at the University of Bath School of Architecture and Engineering under Professor Ted Happold. Exposure to Happold and his colleagues led to Burland’s long employment in the multi-professional design practice within Ove Arup and Partners, Arup Associates Architects + Engineers + Quantity Surveyors.

Burland left Arup in 1986 and spent 4 years with Philip Cox, Richardson and Taylor Architects in Sydney, Australia, where he discovered stadium design and worked on early ideas for the Sydney 2000 Olympics. He returned to the UK when invited to re-joined Arup where he eventually became its head architect.  Within a team of architects and engineers , Burland designed several award-winning projects including the City of Manchester Stadium and Arup’s Midlands campus building.

James founded his own practice in 2000. He began by designing the expansion and redevelopment of Ealing Film Studios, the Falcon Wharf Apartment Building in Battersea, a house on Zakynthos and an office development in Spitalfields. These projects led to establishing a track record in obtaining planning consents  in challenging circumstances.  Some notable projects were the masterplans and building designs for  Pinewood and Shepperton film studios and, later, two large student housing schemes in Aldgate, East London.

Burland is now developing a theory derived from investigating stadium atmosphere which he calls Aura Planning. It is a method for finding beauty in new architecture and a tool for interdisciplinary teams.

Qualifications and Affiliations

Master of Studies Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment (University of Cambridge)

RIBA (Part 3)

Batchelor of Architecture (University of Bath)

Batchelor of Science General Architectural Studies (University of Bath)

Registered Architect (Architects Registration Board)

Certificate of Education in Performance Guitar  (Academy of Contemporary Music, Guildford)

Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts

Member of the British Cycling Federation

President of The London Road Club