Curriculum Vitae


United Kingdom


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Leeds Metropolitan University Part 2

Leeds, UK. Sept 2011 to May 2014.

March Architecture. Masters Degree. RIBA Part 2.

Thesis on how Silviculture can create resilience and socio-economic benefits in the post-industrial landscapes over the next 50 years.

Leeds Metropolitan University Part 1

Leeds, UK. Sept 2010 to June 2011.

BA(Hons) Architecture. Upper Second Class Honours Architectural Degree. RIBA Part 1

Various projects, based on the renovation of derelict spaces in low-income area’s through community engagement.

Sheffield Hallam University

Sheffield, UK. Sept 2003 to July 2009.

Architectural Technology Certificate of Higher Education.

The study of architectural technology, design and construction. One of the most highly awarded courses in the UK.

Franklin Sixth Form College

Grimsby, UK. Sept 2001 – June 2003.

A Levels in Geography (B), Design Technology (B), General Studies (B). AS Levels in General Studies (B), Design Technology (A), Geology (D), Mathematics (E), Physics (E),

Toll Bar School and Sixth Form

Grimsby, UK. Sept 2000 – July 2001.

AS Level in Geography (A)

SectionToll Bar School

Grimsby, UK. 6 Sept 1995 – July 2001.

GCSE’s in Technology (A), English Literature (A), Double Science (B/B), Geography (B), English (B), Art (B), Mathematics (C), I.T. (C), French (E).

Work Experience

to present

James Norton Design

June 2006  –
UK Wide as Freelance Architectural Technician/Part 2 Architect.
Self-employed freelancer

Experienced in a practise-based working environment and under direct instruction from clients. Regular repeat freelance work for clients, with immediate pick up and production of work, within hours of project introduction.

In a self-orientated and led capacity I have worked on all aspects of the design and construction process; from design & planning through tender & construction to onsite inspections and as built surveys, on projects from £40,000 – £5.1million. 

Working with other design team members, engineers, sub-contractors and local authority is a personal strength.

I have completed a range of architecture, landscaping, construction, self-build and product design projects. Feasibility studies for regional development organisations and councils. Works include commercial, education, residential and third sector.

Clients include Bauman Lyons Architects, Peter Codling Architects, Maggie Pickles Architects, TGN Construction, Strike Research and Bike Track Ltd.

Ongoing projects include research, consultancy, planning, design and construction management for an international eco-resort company with sites in Canada, Costa Rica and Panama.

until 2010

Bauman Lyons Architects

11 Nov 2009 – 16 July 2010
Leeds, UK
Architectural Technician

Headhunted to take the lead on a prominent historic re-development and new build project that included all aspects of the design phase through to construction. Specialism in detailing created additional opportunities to work within the company of a variety of other projects in a freelance capacity for the next three years before moving to Canada.

Projects completed:

Tower Works, Leeds.

Phase 1 works in the Holbeck Urban Village. 

Listed 19th century pin factory renovation in historic industry quarter. Creation of individual small business space with link building containing vertical circulation and further office space. Site landscaping and preparation for future phased development. Existing building survey through to detailed drawings and scheduling for staged tender packages, with co-ordination with M&E, structural, sub-contractors and suppliers. Complex facade renovation with bespoke stone and glazing, roof renovation and material selection. Worked alongside a large design team including historic architect with novation to contractor during contract.


Church View, Doncaster.

Renovation, extension and remodeling of a 4 storey 1920’s listed school building adjacent to the town minster from dereliction to digital media centre. Complex project with level changes, internal spatial changes and budgetary constraints in key town centre location. Phased completion involving multiple work packages.

 Both projects involved frequent onsite visits and complex problem solving due to the nature of the existing buildings.


Fridaythorpe, Nth Yorkshire.

Completion of arts funded permanent laser cut plywood walkers shelter in North Yorkshire as part of a three person design and build team. Prototyping of structure, dry modular assembly in warehouse, on site ground works, slab and foundation pour, assembly, waterproofing and cladding, glazing, solar powered lighting, drainage, decking, jetty and landscaping. Working to tight schedule and budget.


Bridlington Seafront, Nth Yorkshire.

Assisting a recently qualified architect to coordinate hard landscaping design with heavy engineering flood alleviation plant and sea wall design. Complex level and material changes in a high traffic public environment whilst retaining aesthetic qualities were essential. Detailing of elements for tender and construction to achieve the architect and councils vision of integration without compromising the operation and access requirements of £18million underground plant space, turbines and valves.

until 2009

Bond Bryan Architects

11 Dec 2006 – 31 June 2009
Sheffield, UK
Architectural Technician

Experience in working on a variety of projects, from residential to industrial, education to bluelight. Specialised in detailing, specification of materials, site visits, contractor liaisons and project delivery from planning through to construction and hand-over.

Projects Completed:


St Mary’s Gate, Sheffield
, UK. 60,000sqft office and 120 bed Premier Inn hotel over car parking. £18.6m


Rotherham College of Arts and Technology, Rotherham, UK. New build with link to existing containing high spec classrooms, workshops and motor mechanic bays. £2.5m


Princess Food, Bradford, UK. Soft drinks distribution warehouse and refurbishment of existing buildings. £23m

Coca-Cola, Milton Keynes
, UK. Soft drinks distribution warehouse extension. £0.55m

ATI Allvac, Sheffield, UK. Conversion of 19th Century industrial building. £5.5m

Sheffield Chamber of Commerce, Sheffield
, UK. New headquarters building and managed workspace. £4m

Whites Biogas, Selby
, UK. Biogas production facility. £12m

Swann Morton, Sheffield, UK. Industrial storage building. £1.5m


MARR, Mansfield, UK. Mansfield Residential Lead Masterplan. £100m

 ‘James was a Technician with Studio 6 city centre office of Bond Bryan Architects. His responsibilities included daily self-management of his studio workload and other office tasks allowing the practice to run smoothly. 

After joining the practice in late 2006, he became a valuable member of the team, capable of working on all aspects of a job from inception to completion, with a specialism in detailing and technical design. He was as comfortable in the office as on site visits liaising with contractors and construction managers to ensure a concise delivery of the client and project architects’ vision. 

As part of a small team he delivered the £18m St.Mary’s Gate hotel and office developme­nt to a prominent site on Sheffield’s inner ring road, and the high specification £2.5m RCAT specialist education building.’

until present

Bike Track Ltd

Nov 2006 –
Sheffield, UK
Lead Designer

As one of my most regular freelance clients, Bike Track specialize in the construction of bicycle tracks. The work enables me to use my unique knowledge of cycling from years of racing and my architectural training in unison.

Projects include BMX tracks and MTB trail design of varying size and complexity from ‘pump’ and ‘play’ tracks to national and international standard race facilities, varying from £20,000 to £5million. Works include design and detailing for grant applications, planning applications, tender, construction and as built drawings. From high use city centre facilities in central London, to outdoor pursuit centre private use facilities, work has been completed for clubs, schools, charities and councils on SSSI, contaminated, conservation and wildlife trust sites.

Liaisons are frequent with lighting designers, clients, highways, landscape, planning and other various council departments in order to achieve the aims of the project and a successful outcome for the community.

Feasibility studies are a specialty for landowners & stakeholders, which include; vision and objectives, strategic fit with national, regional and local agendas, UK & EU funding streams, rural and urban economy studies, planning, ecological assessments, planning, demand, profile, catchment, design, delivery methodology and limitations, maintenance schedules, sustainability and management options, tourism and community links, consultations, appraisals and business development plans, sports development planning, costing, timescale and project management.

until present


2008 –
Canterbury, UK
Sponsored Rider

Creating company exposure through national and international racing in the mountain biking disciplines of 4x, Downhill and Enduro; including World Cup level competition. Further exposure through regular presence on social media platforms including Twitter, Vine and Facebook, as well as in the MTB press in print and online. Interest in photography shared using evocative and aspirational photography. Increasing exposure for the brand during 2012/13 seasons through viral, product and documentary films. Support given by the company to me in order to continue racing.

until present


2006 –
London, UK
Sponsored Rider

Creating exposure within the mountain bike scene for the Vitabiotics ‘Wellman’ range of natural vitamins and drinks for men. Branding appears on race kit, as well as displaying products at races and events. Their target market is for the affluent professional who is active in sport and exercise, and I fit with their expanding market presence. My testimonial with imagery appears on their ‘Wellman’ branded site, explaining the quality of product and health benefits to those with a hectic lifestyle who also wish to train for sporting events, whilst maintaining a healthy body and energy levels. Support given by the company to me in order to continue racing.

Other Work Experience

I have worked for various other companies’ pre 2006, which has helped me compile knowledge of different trades and businesses. I also volunteer in various capacities for charity organisations.

  • Action Plan Holidays – Mountain Bike guide in the French/Swiss/Italian Alps
  • Halfords – Mechanic
  • J.E.James Cycles – Mechanic
  • Tesco – Front-end management
  • B&Q – Retail assistant
  • I’ve even worked as a paperboy; an enjoyable profession, but lucratively stagnant.

Software Skills

Whilst the list is not exhaustive, my skills include:

  • Adobe Suite; InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Lightroom, Premier Pro
  • Microsoft Office suite; Word, Excel, Powerpoint
  • Mac suite: Pages, Numbers, Keynote, Aperture
  • Sketchup; including various plug-ins
  • NBS Specification
  • GIS Software
  • AutoCAD
  • ArchiCAD
  • Ecotect

I am fluent in both Mac and PC. I can even converse with Linux.

Other Interests

I have a passionate interest in cycling, having raced semi-professionally at an international level, both individually and as part of the British Cycling National Squad. I also am an avid snowboarder, skier, climber and love to be hands on; I have been making, breaking and fixing since a young age. I have a passion for vehicles and bikes, specifically Austin Mini’s, Norton motorcycles and Gertrude, a Ford Thomas 52 seat, 7.2l, yellow school bus that I am converting to run on bio-waste.

OTC Level 2 MTB Guide
Wilderness 1st Aid Qualified
Driving License, clean with zero accidents. Car, Motorcycle & Minibus. Extensive foreign driving under all designations.