Jim co-founded Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture with Ray Hartshorne in 1987 with the conviction that Chicago’s urban environment presented a unique platform that challenges and inspires great work. His belief that developer-initiated projects can be both elegant and cost effective has earned Jim a solid reputation as an innovative designer and successful project leader. He is recognized for his ability to create innovative solutions that add value to the client’s bottom line.
Jim’s expertise encompasses a range of market types, from private single-family homes to large-scale, mixed-use projects. His portfolio of notable projects includes the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel, Harper Court, Essex on the Park and Soho House Chicago.
Jim is a frequent speaker addressing the architectural landscape in the City of Chicago. He serves on the City of Chicago’s Advisory Board for the master planning of the Fulton Market Historic District and adjacent Innovation and Technology Zones.
Jim holds a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Detroit.