“It is the cross-pollination of disci­plines, and a holistic approach to design that form the cor­nerstones of James’ career.”

James Seaman, AIA, ALEP, LEED AP

Principal & Michigan Studio Director

James Seaman has over fifteen years of architectural experience focused entirely on the design of places for learning. He is a well-rounded architect and his skill at seeing both the big picture and the detail gives him the ability to lead complicated projects. He has managed, planned, and designed numerous innovative schools around the world. James truly straddles between the world of architecture and education. He holds a Masters degree in Architecture from Lawrence Technological University, a graduate level certificate in Educational Facility Planning through San Diego State University, and is currently studying the relationship between education and the built environment as a PhD student in the Educational Psychology and Educational Technology (EPET) program at Michigan State University. His academic work gives added-value to his practice. He approaches design with a methodology rooted in academic research. He is also an experienced teacher and has taught undergraduate courses in design visualization. Committed to serving the profession of educational facility planning, James has served as the President of the Association for Learning Environments (formerly CEFPI) Midwest Great Lakes Region, an organization committed to best practice in K-12 and Higher Education. He holds the organization’s top distinction of Accredited Learning Environment Planner (ALEP) and received a Regional Service Citation Award in 2010. It is the cross-pollination of disciplines, and a holistic approach to design that form the cornerstones of James’ career. His influence extends beyond architecture as he regularly collaborates with educators and students. James has authored articles about education and 21st century learning and regularly presents at conferences. Recent presentations include: “A Holistic Approach to Implementing Green in Career and Technical Education,” “Collectively Designing the Future of Education,” and “Educational Trends that Affect School Design in the 21st Century.” Throughout his career, James has worked on numerous K-12 and Higher Education projects. Recent projects with FNI include a master plan for Cedar Falls City School District, a feasibility study for the University of Northern Iowa’s Schindler Education Center, a new 70,000 square foot Cristo Rey high school for St. Martin de Porres in Cleveland, Ohio; a new 375,000 square foot high school in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan; and a Teacher Academy for AMIT in Ra’anana, Israel. James is currently leading District Master Planning and school design for the Boulder Valley School system in Colorado and comprehensive Master Planning for multiple campuses for Yew Chung International Schools (YCIS) throughout China.

Contact James Seaman at james@fieldingnair.com.