• Master of Business Administration, North Carolina State University (2013) 
  • Master of Architecture, North Carolina State University (2011)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, University of Kentucky (2009)


James Benson has masters degrees in architecture and business, so it's no surprise he has worn several hats in his years working in design firms. Collectively, these seemingly disparate roles — from marketing to architect — gives James clarity in the potential of design: great design can impact quantifiable measures like profit or recruitment and retention. As a designer, James sees facilities and sites through a lens of market conditions and often brings ideas for new pursuits or changes in direction to the table. 

"My favorite stage of the design process is the initial visioning work, where we sit down with the client to determine their needs and goals for the project. I love the energy and creativity that spawns from these sessions."