Prior to commencing View Landscape Architecture, James has held senior roles working for leading landscape design firms in Brisbane; Gamble McKinnon Green and Hassell.

Whilst at Hassell, James was the senior project leader on several notable projects including Ecco Ripley for Sekisui House Australia; a new master planned community in the Ripley Valley. This project involved design and documentation of the first stage of the Ecco Ripley including the design of the sales office, streetscape and Brooking Parkland; 4ha of community open space and parkland.

James was also the senior project leader on the Moreton Bay Rail project. This project is a new 12.6km rail line between Petrie and Kippa-Ring that involves landscape design to 6 new stations, a shared path to the length of the rail corridor that includes revegetation works, fauna underpasses and stormwater quality basins.