James Gilliland

Senior Architect, RAIA

BArch (RMIT), MArch (Deakin)

“As architects, we're in a privileged position, shaping the lives and health of people and habitats. We have a responsibility to make sure we're changing things for the better.”

James is the great-grandson of a proud Yorta Yorta man and a leader of ClarkeHopkinsClarke’s Indigenous Design Group. As project architect for one of Aboriginal Housing Victoria’s first multi-residential apartment developments he’s helping reimagine Indigenous social housing In Australia. He takes a holistic approach to design and sees the value of working closely with landscape designers to incorporate endemic landscaping into truly site-specific, high-impact projects people connect with.

As a project architect, James is responsible for the progression of a project through all stages of its design and delivery. He’s interested in the confluence of environmental and technical aspects of design and enjoys exploring new ideas around ESD, emerging technologies and construction methods. Research- and detail-oriented, he ensures our projects deliver truly sustainable systems and built form.

Warm and community-oriented, James is outdoors every chance he gets, camping, mountain biking or volunteering with the CFA. He’s found in architecture a way to serve people and Country and deliver on the responsibility he feels to create places that improve lives.

Selected Work

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Burke Place

Burke Place’s design presents a modern reference to the unique heritage of Kew. Portraying a strong, linear form with considered proportions, the facade was crafted to age gracefully with time, and to naturally embed itself into the urban fabric of the locale.

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Little Miller & Nightingale Brunswick East

This new benchmark for financial, social and environmental sustainability was a collaboration between ClarkeHopkinsClarke (architect), Breathe Architecture (Nightingale interior design) and Openwork (landscape design).