Jim Braddock is widely recognized for creating state-of-the-art laboratories and other technically complex facilities that are highly functional, aesthetically pleasing and a joy to use. Jim utilizes an interactive and inclusive working method with his clients, sketching and discussing alternatives with them until the right solution is found. An openness to ideas and clarity of communication are characteristic of his approach to architecture. Jim finds creative ways to use color, natural light and natural materials to humanize the highly specialized environments he designs and make science and technology more accessible to the public.
Jim joined the firm in 1982 after studying with Romaldo Giurgola at Columbia University. He became a partner in 1996. His work includes projects for Columbia University, New York University, Rockefeller University, Stony Brook University, the University at Buffalo, University of Connecticut, Brooklyn College, Manhattan College, Mohawk Valley Community College, and the New York Botanical Garden. His projects have received awards from the AIA, Chicago Athenaeum, and other organizations. He is a member of the AIA Science and Research Committee, has been a visiting juror at Columbia and Pratt Universities, and teaches a laboratory design course at the University of Wisconsin.