“I am honored to accept the role of Chair of this important body protecting the health, safety, and welfare of the public and enhancing opportunities for outreach among our collective professions,” James said.
James has served on numerous nonprofit and for-profit boards throughout his career. In addition to serving on the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners, he is also current President of the Fair Park First Board of Directors, a member of the Dallas Citizens Council Board of Directors, Trinity Park Conservancy Board of Directors, and former Chair of the Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce.
A graduate of the University of Kansas School of Architecture & Urban Design, James started his career as an Architect 31 years ago and has been President of Black-owned national design and construction services firm KAI for the past 18 years.
James received the Award for Community Service in Honor of James D. Pfluger, FAIA from the Texas Society of Architects in October 2023 and the Award for Equitable Practice in Architecture in Honor of John S. Chase, FAIA from the Texas Society of Architects in October of 2021, among other accolades. James also served on the KU School of Architecture Advisory Board in the mid-90s. In 2019, James was elevated to the American Institute of Architects College of Fellows, one of the highest honors bestowed on architects for their contributions to architecture and the community.