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James Richards, FASLA, CNU-A

James Richards' work crosses many creative boundaries. He is a national award-winning designer, writer and illustrator whose work has creatively spanned town planning, urban design and landscape architecture for 30 years on projects in 16 states. He is a co-founder and principal of TOWNSCAPE Inc., and has led successful design initiatives for walkable downtowns, new town centers, transit-oriented developments, urban villages, corporate campuses, greenway networks, freeway corridors and heritage regions. As a concept designer, he is a spark plug for creative interdisciplinary teams, where his rapidly sketched ideas shape long range planning frameworks, developing project designs, computer animations and ultimately the built environment. In this role he has enjoyed creative collaborations with numerous national design firms.

Prior to 1994, Jim was a design principal and studio director for the national environmental planning and design firm of Johnson, Johnson and Roy Inc. (JJR), where he directed the planning and design of many the firm’s award-winning projects, including the Austin Town Lake Comprehensive Plan, the corporate headquarters campuses for Exxon Corporation and The JCPenney Company, and the LBJ Heartland Tourism Plan.

Jim is a member of American Society of Landscape Architects' Council of Fellows, one of the highest honors bestowed by ASLA, for the significant contributions he has made to the profession and the public through his works, design leadership and service. He is the 2008 recipient of ASLA’s Bradford Williams Medal for his writings on urban placemaking and visual thinking. He has served on the professional advisory boards and as visiting lecturer and jury critic at numerous universities, and has designed and taught coursework at the graduate level. His projects and teaching are enriched by extensive travel, having studied and photographed cities and projects in 27 countries throughout North America, Europe and Asia.

Jim is a founding member of the North Texas Chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism. He is a member of the Urban Land Institute, the American Planning Association, and the American Society of Landscape Architects, whose Texas Chapter awarded him its highest honor, the Distinguished Member Award, in 2001.

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