About James J.
“Attending the University of Illinois School of Architecture not only prepared me for my career in the building profession, it shaped the path of my career. I have always had a love of buildings, and knew that I wanted to have a career in architecture. The School of Architecture gave me an excellent education in architecture, and also exposed me to another side of the building profession – structural engineering. As a result, I graduated with a bachelors’ degree in architecture, and a masters degree in architecture from the school’s Structures Option. The program’s flexibility gave me the ability to explore my true passion within architecture, and to enter the building profession as a structural engineer. Today, as a Principal at Datum, I feel fortunate that I was able to attend such a school, as my education provided an excellent foundation to not only practice structural engineering, but to also be part of the building profession.”
Founded in 1937, Datum Engineers is a collection of innovative designers and creative problem solvers who collaborate with architects to create meaningful projects and relationships. Datum has earned a reputation for developing innovative, cost-effective solutions which contribute to constructability, all while focusing on enhancing and establishing the architecture – we call this the Art of Structural Engineering. Datum has 70 structural engineers, with offices located in Austin, Chicago, Dallas, and San Antonio, with a portfolio of projects and clients across the country.