We are deeply saddened to announce that our dear friend and colleague James Cornock passed away on 31st October 2019 whilst in recovery from a recent heart operation.
James was a talented architect, a creative thinker and prolific drawer which gave him an enviable ability to visualise ideas quickly. He spent 12 years practicing in Spain, co-founding and managing a practice in Barcelona before joining Levitt Bernstein in 2015 as a Senior Architect. His swift promotion to Associate within three years was testament to his considerable experience and skill.
James forged close links with Levitt Bernstein early on in his career when as a student at Bath University he was taught by both Patrick Hodgkinson and David Bernstein. The experience was to prove significant, inspiring a lifelong love of Modernist architecture as well as shaping an ethos that drew him to work on social housing.
His projects at Levitt Bernstein focused on creating affordable homes on under-utilised sites across Southwark, some of the first new Council housing to be built in the borough for nearly 30 years. He relished the spatial problem-solving of complex infill sites as well as the accompanying community consultation. A genuine interest in people meant that James had a natural affinity for sensitive engagement with residents.
James was a key member of the Practice and his tragic loss will be greatly missed and felt by everyone that worked with him - colleagues, clients, consultants and collaborators.