James Biber has practiced architecture in a multi-disciplinary environment for more than 25 years. Trained at Cornell University first as a biologist, then as an architect, his work centers on a belief that architecture as an expression of identity is inseparable from its language of form and tectonics. The result is an architecture tied closely to its context; whether physical, cultural or metaphorical.
Biber's projects include the USA Pavilion at Expo Milano 2015, the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee, private oceanfront homes in the Hamptons, CUNY’s Macaulay Honors College, the nation’s Millennium Time Capsule, galleries at the Koch Institute, MIT, public spaces at the NYC Department of Probation and Best Made Company’s retail shop.
Biber’s own creative studio, Biber Architects, comes after nearly two decades as the architectural partner in Pentagram’s New York office. His career has uniquely positioned him to work in the rapidly changing design world of shifting disciplinary boundaries and collaborative environments. With architecture as his first love, James Biber has practiced design in scales ranging from a single light switch or dinnerware system; to furniture and interiors; through homes to large buildings and building complexes; and ultimately to the urban design of brownfield sites and entire neighborhoods. Each scale is informed by a careful understanding of context, technology, the building arts and the economics of the marketplace.
His work has been recognized by the AIA, AIGA, SEGD, The Chicago Atheneum and dozens of other professional design organizations, and has been published in The New York Times, Architectural Record, Architectural Digest, Interiors, Contract Design, The Wall Street Journal, Architect, Blueprint, Wallpaper, Dwell, Metropolitan Home, New York Magazine, Casabella and the design press internationally.
James Biber is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, and a LEED accredited professional.