Our People

We take pride in having a business that clients and colleagues respect because we do the right thing.  Having highly skilled and motivated staff that share our values and ethos is fundamental to gaining this respect and we recognise that it is our staff who are able to deliver the quality design and committed service that we believe our clients should expect.
Our People James Macdonald

James Macdonald


James started his career with LSI from university in 1981, and as a senior associate in the practice for many years, has had significant involvement in all the key sectors – retail, workspace, education, church and community, health, housing and masterplanning – and many of the practice’s flagship projects: the Castle Mall Shopping Centre; Norwich Union’s (Aviva) HQ atrium; and the successful Brook Farm planning consent for a 600-unit residential masterplanning scheme on the edge of Norwich.

James has designed and overseen projects at all scales, including newbuild and conversions, with a large portfolio of projects in Norfolk, but also substantial work elsewhere, such as the Queensgate Centre, Peterborough. A keen sailor himself, James has also worked on a number of projects in the Broads. He is well-versed in traditional and modern methods of construction, and has undertaken conservation work independently, as a DAC approved Architect and with external specialists.

Exposure to a growing number of masterplanning projects in the Eastern Region has developed a detailed knowledge of planning processes, EIA work in collaboration with specialists and various approaches to public consultation.

James has taken the lead in embedding the role of Principal Designer within LSI. To underpin this position, James is an Incorporated Member of the Association for Project Safety.

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