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Welcome to JshannonStudio!
Architecture, Design, Innovation

James Shannon, founder of JshannonStudio, has always had a strong passion for design and is invigorated by translating that into the built realm. Often inspired by forms seen and found in nature, he enjoys translating these inspirations into his design work. When designing, James tries to explore the possibilities of what can be built and created while using innovative design solutions for construction.  Producing organic shapes, double curvatures, and bending forms in architecture is a design direction James likes to take and and produce within within his work. To achieve this, he often uses parametric modeling techniques and scripts to realize the complex geometries associated with these organic designs.

Furthermore James has a strong passion for urban design. He feels that the functionality of the building’s site is just as important as the overall design and function of the building. Urban design must enhance the function of a city and create spaces that better the lives of the people. This, will in turn, enhance the economy of a city and strengthen it’s urban environments. He believes architecture and urban design must go hand in hand as one cannot have great buildings without intertwining them into well designed urban fabric.

Along with pushing the envelope of architectural design, James is a strong believer of mixing biomass and horticulture with architecture. Through his thesis research he gained valuable insight on the environmental benefits in doing this. Over the last couple of years he has been experimenting with his own urban horticultural prospects. In Savannah, GA he owned and operated a small farm called Drayton Organics where James had three levels, equaling of over forty square feet of growing area, surrounding my small balcony in the downtown district of the city. The farm was Certified Organic by the Georgia Department of Agriculture and was mainly devoted to hot pepper plants. James experimented with selling the crops in the Savannah Farmers Market to explore the profitability of his urban farming techniques. In Brooklyn, NY, James set up another organic hot pepper farm on the roof top of a 14 story building called Flatbush Organics. Here he experimented with a self watering growing system to cut down on the physical labor of watering roof top plants in full sun. All the soil used for the crops was a mix of organic soil and local horse manure which proved to provide a rich environment for the crops.

James Shannon currently resides in Brooklyn, New York and is a Licensed Architect, registered in the state of New York.


  • Born in Atlanta Georgia 1985
  • Moved to London at age fifteen
  • Graduated from American Community School (ACS) Hillingdon, London in 2004
  • Attended evening courses while in High School:
  • University of the arts London, Chelsea_ Universtiy of the arts London, Camberwell
  • After High school took a gap year and studied:
  • At Tandem Escuela International, Madrid_ 1 semester_Spanish language and cultural studies
  • Brunell University, Uxbridge, UK_Art courses
  • This was followed by volunteer work at ARCAS Hawaii National Park near Monterrico, Guatemala
  • Unviersity study:
  • Professional Masters of Architecture_Savannah College of Art and Design_ 2010
  • Bachelors of Fine Arts_Savannah College of Art and Design_2009
  • Worked 5 years, while in school restoring a Victorian house
  • Invited to create an architectural installation for the Side Walk Arts Festival 2010
  • Invited to create an architectural installation for the grand opening of the Wooden Sheep Gallery and Shop 2010
  • After graduating, worked as foreman on 10,000 sq ft Custom home/ Hilton Head Island, SC 2011
  • Worked as a site manager and carpenter for Vickery Construction and Remodeling in Savannah, GA 2012
  • Moved to New York City in 2012.
  • Currently works in an architecture firm that focuses on commercial projects in New York City and Florida