About the Book
On 20th March 2009 the Guardian reported that the Royal Institute of British Architects’ president, Sunand Prasad, estimated that 30% of architects were unemployed or under-employed.
Two weeks later, on 1st April 2009, I was made redundant from one of the UK’s leading design studios and set out to pursue a long standing ambition of working as a freelance photographer. I quickly discovered that I was not alone in finding redundancy a life changing event. Ranging from chefs to cake shop owners, lighting designers to journalists, and even back to architects, After Redundancy documents the directions taken by twenty-four individuals from the architectural profession after being made redundant during the 2008-2009 recession.
An architect by training, James read architectural design at The University of Edinburgh, graduating with a first class M.A.(hons) in Architectural Design in 2004 and an M.Arch. in 2006, with his final M.A. project being shortlisted for the RIBA Bronze Medal. After graduating James went on to work for two and a half years at Heatherwick Studio as a designer in London and Hong Kong. In 2009 James turned full-time to photography, concentrating on portraiture and the built environment. His first major personal work "After Redundancy - Living In and Out of Architecture" exhibited at the Royal Institute of British Architects in February 2010. Recieving international attention the project was featured on BBC’s The Culture Show , The Independent, Blueprint Magazine and Architecture New Zealand. It has subsequently been shown as part of several group shows.