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Bachelor of Architecture, Professional Degree, Cum Laude

University of Miami School of Architecture, Miami, FL


Licensed Architect, No. ARI-120952 State of Oregon


National Council of Architectural Registration Boards

Certified Association for Project Management) PM


AIA - American Institute of Architects

ULI - Urban Land Institute

CNU - Congress for a New Urbanism

James Brackenhoff, Architect


James Brackenhoff is the co-founder and creative partner of First Forty Feet. James believes that urban design is the art and science of shaping cities to better accommodate the way people want to live their lives, now and in the future. By actively engaging with the communities he serves, James excels at synthesizing people's concerns and aspirations into a precisely articulated shared vision which inspires collective action. James believes that as designers, while we do not have political or economic power, we do have the power of transformative ideas that can shape our cities into places we love.

James’ professional experience spans 20 years as an architect and urban designer. James spent his first two years with Urban Design Associates in Pittsburgh where he worked on projects throughout North America and Latin America. While there, James developed the Daybreak Pattern Book. Daybreak received national acclaim for its sustainable environmental design strategies and is recognized as one of the best-selling communities in the country.

James brings an international perspective to the firm. His breadth of work includes his tenure as the Architectural and Urban Design Advisor for the Prince of Wales’ Foundation for the Built Environment in London. James led on the design of Coed Darcy, the £1.2 billion planned 1,300 acre brownfield community development in south Wales. It is currently in Phase 3 of construction. James also worked as a lead designer at Patzschke Architects in Berlin, Germany, for two years.


Returning to the United States, James worked as a lead designer at Robert A.M. Stern Architects in New York City before returning to his Pacific Northwest roots. In the last several years, he has led masterplanning and architectural designs for high-profile Silicon Valley tech firms along with a large portfolio of buildings and new communities across the West Coast. James now applies his broad range of national and international experience to all his projects.  


Transport for London Annual Conference “Urban Addresses - Architectural Character & Language”


Master Class for University of Wales Graduate Fellows “Off-Grid Living” & “Case Studies in Urban Regeneration”


Contributed to book “Luigi Moretti Le Ville Disegni e Modelli” by C. L. Guerrero, S. Santuccio & N. Sardo


The Heights Masterplan and Placemaking Guide, Vancouver, WA


Coed Darcy Masterplan and Design Guidelines, Neath, Wales

Ellon Masterplan and Pattern Book, Ellon, Scotland

Soldotna Redevelopment Plan, Soldotna, AK

Telephone Hill Redevelopment Plan, Juneau, AK


Westgate Redevelopment Plan + Phase 1 Catalyst Project,

Beaverton, OR


Eugene Market Redevelopment Concept Plan, Eugene, OR


Fisher’s Landing TOD and BRT Station Area Master Plan,

Vancouver, WA


Prairie Trail Masterplan, Ankeny, IA


Downtown Design Guidelines Norfolk, VA


Downtown Boca Raton Masterplan + Design Guidelines,

Boca Raton, FL

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