James Braam Joins HDR as Denver Design Principal

James Braam
James Braam

James Braam, AIA, LEED AP, has recently joined HDR as design principal for the firm’s Denver, Colorado, architecture practice. In this new role, he is charged with championing design excellence for both the local office and region, and to develop innovative, creative, integrated design solutions that are effective for the firm’s diverse clientele.

“My role entails all things ‘design’ and involves more than just the ‘pen to paper’ part,” Braam said. “It’s how design proceeds into construction, strategizing our pursuits, building client relationships, plus mentoring/developing/inspiring our teams.”

In his new role, Braam said he will be especially passionate about encouraging dialogue about design. “The communication between ourselves and our clients is a gift to be treasured,’ Braam noted. “That dialogue allows us to ‘pass the puck’ — explore, listen, and strive for excellence — not only in design, but to foster the tremendous satisfaction we all achieve from working together.”

“We are thrilled that James has brought his award-winning talents to our firm,” said Juliane Scherer, AIA, managing principal of the Denver architecture practice. “We both agree that we have something very special here at HDR and I know that James will be integral to strengthening our culture and helping us continue to deliver award-winning work to our clients and our community.” 

Braam’s career has included collaborations with some of the profession’s most influential practitioners and organizations. A graduate of the University of Southern California, Braam worked with Frank Gehry and then a team of SOM alumni including Richard Keating and Paul Danna, where he developed a passion for curtain walls on high rises. His time at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design provided him with studio access to visionaries like Lebbeus Woods, then opened the door to his work with Zaha Hadid in London. Braam has also worked with Mehrdad Yazdani on civic and university projects, and most recently at HOK where he led the national studio for Recreation + Wellness.