Jim Adams is President of McCann Adams Studio and an architect, urban designer and planner whose work has involved a broad spectrum of project types from large-scale master plans to site-specific development projects.
As a principal of ROMA Design Group and then its affiliate ROMA Austin for more than twenty-five years, he has focused much of his career on transportation, land use planning, the design of major infill development sites and their re-integration into the urban fabric. Many of these projects have involved the incorporation of multi-modal transportation systems into mixed-use neighborhoods and districts in a way that promotes pedestrian and bicycle-friendly environments. He led the master planning for the award-winning redevelopment of the Robert Mueller Municipal Airport (Mueller), and is currently its master plan architect, advising Catellus Development Corporation on its implementation. He also serves as the chair of Mueller’s design review council, reviewing all residential and commercial development projects.
Jim received his Master of Architecture in Urban Design (with Distinction) from Harvard University in 1980, and his Bachelor of Architecture (Honors) from the University of Toronto in 1977. He is registered as an architect in California and Texas and is a member of the American Institute of Architects, the Congress for New Urbanism and the Heritage Society of Austin. He has taught urban design at Harvard University and has been a guest critic and lecturer at University of California, Berkeley, University of Texas and California College of the Arts.
List of Significant Work With ROMA Austin and McCann Adams Studio: Robert Mueller Municipal Airport Redevelopment Master Plan, City of Austin and Catellus Development Corporation, Austin, Texas Downtown Austin Plan, City of Austin Waller Creek District Master Plan, City of Austin Seaholm District Master Plan, City of Austin Second Street Retail District, City of Austin
With ROMA Design Group: Ballpark District Redevelopment Master Plan, Central City Development Corporation and San Diego Padres, San Diego, California Makati Central Business District Master Plan, Ayala Land Incorporated, Manila, Philippines Coal Harbour Development Plan, Marathon Development, Vancouver, British Columbia, Konstantinovo New Town, Eurasia Development, Konstantinovo, Russia Downtown Recovery Plan, City of Santa Cruz, California Geary Boulevard Bus Rapid Transit Plan, City of San Francisco, California Downtown East LRT Expansion, City of San Jose, California Santa Monica Civic Center Specific Plan, City of Santa Monica, California Downtown Santa Monica Urban Design Standards, City of Santa Monica, California