James Kelly

Senior Associate, RAIA

B.Arch.St, M.Arch


“It is exciting and inspiring to help our clients to push the boundaries of what is possible.”

James is a Senior Associate at ClarkeHopkinsClarke, leading the practice’s dedicated Senior Living & Care team. Drawing on his experience across commercial, heritage, community and multi-residential architecture, James is an advocate for the design and delivery of truly integrated communities for Australia’s growing senior population.

In his role as Project Leader, James guides ClarkeHopkinsClarke’s Senior Living & Care team through each phase of a project’s evolution, from visioning to practical completion. He adds particular value to the conceptualisation phase, where he is able to initiate and guide conversations between complex stakeholder groups to change thinking within the broader community and achieve industry leading outcomes.

As an Associate, James works in collaboration with the Partners and leadership team to support the professional development of our practice. An emerging thought leader within the aged care sector he actively contributes to public discussion is a supporter of the greater architectural industry through participation in AIA professional development and mentoring programs and is a board member for the Balibo House Trust.


Selected Work

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Baptcare Lalor Integrated Living Community

Baptcare’s integrated living community will deliver a wide range of senior living options for truly transgenerational community.

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Estia Health Twin Waters Aged Care

Our mission was to create a seniors precinct that would be anchored and integrate with the surrounding neighbourhood in a more meaningful way.

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Benetas Doncaster

This project proposes an exciting new integrated community typology tailored to a middle suburban location.

Related Insights

Residential aged care providers can incorporate senior’s hubs and offer assisted care services to help Australian seniors remain in their homes for as long as possible but still connected to the community, writes James Kelly.

Copenhagen and Hamburg are re-imagining third age living, writes James Kelly, who calls for Australian aged care and retirement living communities to feature more intergenerational and mixed used facilities.