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James Powell, PLA

James has built on experience in advertising and graphic design to bring an understanding of effective visual communication to project design and presentation. Combining this experience with sensibilities and training in urban and landscape design, James brings a wide range of design solutions to any project. He has contributed expert graphics and design production services to everything from trail improvement projects to complete streets concepts. His recent projects have included design and drafting of construction documents, designing wayfinding systems, planting designs and plans for trails and trailheads, and on-street bicycle and pedestrian facilities. James has extensive experience with design software including AutoCAD, ArcGIS, Adobe Creative Suite, and a range of 3D design and visualization techniques.

“I got my first bike when I was 7 years old. Despite growing up in the sprawl of the suburbs, biking and walking were integral to my childhood. Later, I began to see the complexities of getting around without a car and see the influence that the built environment could have on my willingness to ride instead of drive. I have seen the biking movement continue to grow, yet there is so much more to be done. Luckily, there is no better place to do it than at Alta.”

  • Registrations + Affiliations
    • Professional Landscape Architect: California (#6416)