Jim Richardson

Jim Richardson


Senior Associate

Perceptive. Opportunistic. Inspired. Jim brings insight to each project in both depth and breadth. His design work is distinctive for its thoughtful balance of conceptual coherence and resolved ingenuity, founded in a deep understanding of site, function, and performance. Jim strives to find and celebrate the unique qualities of each place in order to create authentic, meaningful, and enduring architecture. His work demonstrates craft with attention to details that derive from a belief that place and materials have an effect on people, and that architecture articulates our experiences.

Jim’s designs are rooted in how he works. He listens actively, engages thoughtfully, and advances collaboration. Motivated by a deep creative urge and a kind of modest confidence, Jim is a project leader who integrates ideas. With more than 10 years of professional experience working on built projects, Jim has enjoyed working on a diverse body of projects at VMDO since 2007, and has taught architectural design studio at the University of Virginia School of Architecture in 2007, 2008, 2011, and 2016.


Master of Architecture, University of Virginia, 2007

Bachelor of Science in Architecture, University of Virginia, 2002

William R. Kenan Fellow, University of Virginia, 2005-2007

Carlo Pelliccia Fellow, University of Virginia, 2006