Architecture of Purpose with James Law | AG 54

In this episode we have with us the founder of Cybertecture, James Law.

Cybertecture is the design of all things for a more intelligent world through new pieces of architecture, interior space, artwork, technology, and strategy. He established James Law Cybertecture in 2001 and they’ve gone on to complete projects of various scales, some of them being OPod Housing No. 1 which is an experimental, low cost, micro living housing unit to ease Hong Kong’s affordable housing problems. The Capital in Mumbai, Cybertecture egg, Technosphere, Tower of India and many more awesome projects. The firm specializes in architecture, interior design, master planning, consulting, technology & industrial design.  They believe their work can alleviate the suffering for all segments of society. He has also launched the Cybertecture Academy that nurtures a new generation of designers from a young age.

James is a graduate from Bartlett School of Architecture, London, where he did his B.Arch . He has 19+ years of professional experience in the field of Architecture and Design. James was recognized by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader, and by the Hong Kong SAR Government as a Justice of Peace for his efforts to improve the world through design.


In this episode, he takes us on his journey in Architecture right from his time at Bartlett, to being mentored by Peter Cook & later Itsuko Hasegawa in Tokyo, how he started his own firm James Law Cybertecture, how he landed big projects in India, solving Hong kong’s housing problem through design, his design philosophy & approach to design, leveraging technology, smart city planning, the architecture of purpose & a whole lot more!


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Podcast Shownotes

00:00:00 – Introduction 

00:03:38 – How he got into Architecture 

00:04:34 – Studying at Bartlett 

00:10:03 – Transition from University to starting his own firm 

00:18:00 – Transition of Technology 

00:21:31 – What is Cybertecture 

00:24:29 – Architecture of Purpose 

00:29:34 – Remote working influencing the future of Architecture 

00:39:35 – Architecture as an entire Product 

00:49:25 – How he landed big projects in India

00:56:10 – Projects that were unbuilt 

01:01:44 – His take on Architectural Education 

01:05:35 – Influence of Online Education on Architecture 

01:07:14 – Future Goals 

01:10:05 – Mentor in your life 

01:10:53 – Favorite Cities 

01:11:19 – Daily routine in James Life 

01:12:22 – Favorite Movies 

01:13:35 – Recommended Books 

01:15:23 – How he gets Inspired
01:16:51 – Advice for young Architects 

01:18:32 – Thank you

Notable Mentions

Recommended Books

Fountainhead by Ayn Rand 

Dreams from my Father by Barack Obama

Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela

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