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James Leathem ARB

Technical Principal

James is the technical principal of HOK’s London studio. An architect with more than 30 years of experience, he specializes in detailed façade, structural and sustainable designs.

James has led a mixture of sports, leisure, retail, office, mixed-use, cultural and transportation projects. His award-winning designs include Terminal Four at the Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport in Madrid, which won the Stirling Prize from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), and the LEED Platinum-certified BBVA Bancomer Bank in Mexico City, winner of the RIBA International Excellence Award.

Active in the architecture community, James has served as a guest speaker at the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat’s annual conference. He has also tutored at Utah State University and the Bartlett School of Architecture at the University College London.


University of Liverpool
Bachelor of Architecture

University of Brighton
Bachelor of Architecture, First Class Honors
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