Featured Projects:

Mound Fort Innovation Center

Douglass Elementary School

Saint Martin de Porres High School



Masters degree in Architecture from Lawrence Technological University

Graduate-level certificate in Educational Facility Planning through San Diego State University

PhD in Educational Psychology and Educational Technology from Michigan State University





Managing Partner & Michigan Studio Director

James Seaman has twenty 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. 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.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.

James loves to get out for a ride on his Triumph motorcycle, and his dog Penny spends lots of time at the studio assisting the designers.