James O’Callaghan
Founding Director

James is a structural and facade engineer with over 20 years of experience. Widely acknowledged as an authority on structural glass, he is perhaps best known for his highly innovative designs for glass envelopes, stairs, bridges and other structural elements in Apple’s iconic retail stores around the world.

He co-founded Eckersley O’Callaghan in 2004, his ongoing interest in the development of structural glass design has led to the firm’s involvement with many challenging and award-winning glass projects around the world. This was recognised in 2010 when the practice won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the category of Innovation.

James is a member of the Design Council Board of Directors, the HS2 Design Panel and a member of the South East Design Panel. He has taught at the University of Portsmouth and is currently a visiting professor at the TU Delft School of Architecture.

In 2016, he received the Milne Medal from the International Association of Bridges and Structures for Excellence in Structural Design, one of the highest distinctions for an individual in the industry. In 2017, he received the Phoenix Award for his contributions to structural glass. In 2018, James was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.  In 2019, James was awarded the IStructE Gold Medal.