Since joining Payette in 1979, Jim has applied the best principles in lab planning and design to create environments that respond to the changing nature of scientific inquiry. His quest to advance the collaborative dialogue between designers and users is marked by a concomitant shift in both the way science is taught in academic settings, and applied in the laboratory. His leadership in adapting campus planning and lab planning organizational concepts to the way scientific advancement principles have changed has set new standards in both architectural practice and research settings. His body of work is singularly focused on the advancement of the architectural profession as a vital partner in defining new ways to support scientific advancement. Jim, who holds B.S., B.Arch and MBA degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, was elevated to FAIA in 2009 in recognition of his achievements in design.