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.
With nearly 30 years experience designing developments across the country, 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, the Powerhouse, and the Green Exchange.
He has written numerous articles and been a keynote speaker, panelist and presenter at many venues addressing the architectural landscape in the City of Chicago. Jim enjoys giving back to the community and has an affinity for organizations that assist children and teens in crisis. His pro-bono projects include Teen Living Program’s Belfort House, the Inspiration Café, and the Starlight Children’s Foundation Playrooms.
Jim holds a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Detroit.