James Simpson is an Architect in Edinburgh. He trained with Colin McWilliam at the Edinburgh College of Art and in the offices of Ian G. Lindsay in Edinburgh and Sir Bernard Feilden in Norwich, for whom he worked on St Paul’s and Norwich Cathedrals.
He co-founded the firm of Simpson & Brown in 1977 and is now a ‘Working Consultant’ to the practice. He has worked on conservation and other projects throughout the UK and, more recently, in India and Burma. He was Architect to St Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh and was Surveyor of the Fabric of York Minster in the mid-1990s.
He has sat on numerous committees, including the Ancient Monuments Board for Scotland, the Royal Commission on the Ancient & Historical Monuments of Scotland, the Historic Environment Advisory Council for Scotland and the Edinburgh World Heritage Trust. He is currently a Vice-President of ICOMOS-UK, Chairman of the Buildings Limes Forum and a trustee of the Commonwealth Heritage Forum. He is executive trustee of the Asia Scotland Trust, whose purpose is the conservation of the shared heritage of Scotland and Asia, initially in the City of Calcutta.
He has written and lectured extensively on the theory and practice of conservation and was the commissioned author of the British Standard Guide to the Principles of the Conservation of Historic Buildings (BS 7913:1998). He edited and annotated a reprint edition of William Adam’s ‘Vitruvius Scoticus’ in 1980 and curated the ‘William Adam Exhibition’ in the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in 1989.
He is a Fellow of the University of Edinburgh, an OBE and holds an Honorary Doctorate of Science from the Heriot Watt University.