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James McDowall
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James McDowall

BArchDes (UQ), MArch (RMIT), ARBV, RAIA


James McDowall graduated with a Master of Architecture with Distinction from RMIT in Melbourne in 2013. He is a previous graduate of a Bachelor of Architectural Design from the University of Queensland in 2010, during which time he undertook a student exchange program at the University of California Berkeley Architecture School.


James received the Architects Registration Board of Victoria (ARBV) Professional Practice Award in 2013, and its Architectural Services Award in 2015.


James worked at Brisbane practice Richards and Spence from 2011-12, and 2015 to 2019 at Content Studio in Victoria on primarily individual house, preschool, and kindergarten projects, and most recently Mill Park Library and Sunbury Community Hub.


James joined Blight Rayner Architecture in 2019 on relocating from Melbourne to Brisbane to both enrich our design depth and bolster our design development and documentation teams. He is currently working on the exciting Jubilee Place project entailing an exoskeleton office building cantilevering over one of Brisbane’s iconic pubs.

Project Experience
New Performing Arts Venue - Blight Rayner + Snøhetta
New Performing Arts Venue
Jubilee Place - Blight Rayner
Jubilee Place

I love that I get to combine the creative arts with science and logic to solve complex problems and contribute toward beautiful and pragmatic spaces that will enrich the lives of users.

I am inspired by talented collaborators, the unique opportunities of each project and the lessons of the natural environment.