James Vick Principal, Houston

“It’s a gift to work with diverse groups of people to create road maps that tie together the distinctive social, political, and spatial dimensions that define their communities. These are journeys of hope, expectation, and achievement, and the outcomes can be transformative!”

As an architect and planner with 30 years of experience in the Americas, Middle East, Europe, and Asia, James works with communities to shape their neighborhoods, districts, towns, and cities through collaborative planning and design strategies. His project experience focuses on civic places, mixed-use districts, new communities, parks, and open space systems. His recent work in the United States, Asia, and the Middle East include riverine planning, urban redevelopment strategies and plans for both special districts and private development, preparation of standards and design for green infrastructure including streets and regional drainage facilities.

Inspired By

I grew up on the edge of a great desert. As a constant and indelible teacher, it showed me that the sheer tenacity of life cannot mask the importance of “community”. That, and the culture it engenders, is what really shapes and sustains life.


Bachelor of Architecture, Rice University

Bachelor of Arts, Architecture, Rice University

Diploma Studies - Housing, Architectural Association, London

TMP - Management, Rice University (1985)

Affiliations & Registrations

American Institute of Architects (AIA) National

American Institute of Architects (AIA) Houston Chapter

Texas Registered Architect, Texas, No. 10477

National Council Architectural Registration Boards, No. 40585

Selected Awards

2013 ASLA Texas Chapter Award of Excellence, Planning and Analysis: Airline Livable Centers Study (2013)

ASLA Texas Chapter Merit Award, Design Constructed-Public: Rosemont Bridge (2013)

AIA Houston Chapter, Design Award: Lake Houston Wilderness Park (2010)

ASLA Honor Award, Analysis and Planning: Brays Bayou Greenway Framework (2009)

ASLA Texas Chapter Award of Excellence: Lake Houston Wilderness Park Planning & Analysis (2009)