James Pearce

Director ∙ Fender Katsalidis Architects

A genial, exceptionally talented architect with a wealth of management and implementation experience across multiple typologies in urban and suburban contexts, James plays a pivotal role in the early stages of new projects, where his knack for getting to the heart of a problem quickly yields a site’s feasibility and conceptual possibilities.

James was the project architect for: the Museum of Old and New Art in Hobart a cultural tour de force carved into a peninsula of Tasmania’s Derwent River which won the national architecture award for Public Architecture; Phoenix, a 29-storey residential tower just 6.8 metres wide and 24.3 metres long that has become an iconic addition to the Melbourne skyline; 1 Shiel Street in North Melbourne, an experiment in affordable housing that promises new hope for middle and low income-earners; and most recently, Queens Place a city block transforming project of two 80 storey towers.

James has been involved in the beginnings of the prefabricated Unitised Building construction system, invented by Nonda Katsalidis, and its first few projects in Melbourne which has led to an interest in alternative construction methodologies and how these can shape the cities of our future.