James Cowey, DESA, AIA, MBA

James Cowey, DESA, AIA, MBA


“Experience engenders confidence. Confidence allows for greater modesty. We need to be daring and innovative, but also humble, listening to what people have to say. By sitting back and listening, we learn, and we might come up with something different … and more exciting.”

Jim’s work bridges two cultures and two worlds of expertise. After training and working as an architect in the States and earning his MBA in France, he joined STUDIOS as a finance manager. An impromptu sketch session led to more, and the rest is history. Jim is well known for leading breakthrough architecture and design, made possible by a strong ability to build consensus across diverse points of view. Whether working in the US or France, collaborating with a client or staff, taking on a highly visible museum project or a modest city building, his goal is always the same: help people thrive, succeed, and grow.

Since joining STUDIOS in 1996, Jim has managed expansive teams for diverse programs and major international clients. His instinct for applying technology to the architectural process, and streamlining project communication and output, has enabled him to successfully lead many of the most ambitious projects in STUDIOS’ history.


Ecole Spéciale d'Architecture, Paris, France


Rice University, Texas, USA

Master of Architecture

University of Virginia, USA

Bachelor of Science - Architecture

HEC, Paris, France

Master of Business Administration


Massachusetts, USA; Ordre des Architectes, France


American Institute of Architects (AIA)

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