Adrian James graduated from Imperial College, London in 1984 with an Honours degree in Physics. He then spent two years in contract research into fluid flow dynamics and active noise control, and a further eight years gaining consultancy experience in large acoustics consultancies in London. In that time he was responsible for acoustic aspects of over 150 projects including BBC White City, Edinburgh International Conference Centre, and several concert halls and theatres in England, Ireland and Hong Kong. He also led acoustic studies for the refurbishments of the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall and Royal Opera House in London.
In 1994 he established Adrian James Acoustics, an independent consultancy specialising in the acoustic design of buildings for the performing arts and education. The practice has since expanded into other areas of acoustics and noise control, and has undertaken more than a thousand commissions of all sizes in the UK, mainland Europe and the Middle East. He was a principal author of the DfE Building Bulletin 93 “Acoustics of Schools” and continues to advise government departments and several county councils on the acoustics of buildings for education.
Adrian has chaired a number of technical committees and working groups on acoustic measurements, and has published and presented papers in English and French on a wide range of acoustic subjects. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Acoustics and a past Chairman of the Association of Noise Consultants. Recent and current projects include refurbishments of the Mikhailovsky Theatre in St Petersburg and the Bishopsgate Hall in London, and performing arts centres for Hampton School, King’s School Canterbury, Greshams and King’s College School in Wimbledon.
Outside work, Adrian divides his time between racing ridiculously fast sailing dinghies, sailing his much more sedate Cornish Crabber across the Channel, and singing in several chamber choirs.