James G. Freeman, AIA – Principal

Jim is a founding Principal of this international hospitability design firm with extensive experience in luxury hotels, boutique hotels, resort architecture, urban resorts, mixed-use, luxury residential and resort master planning. His projects span over sixteen countries worldwide. He is an ardent believer that when it comes to design and creating great experiences the whole should always be greater than the sum of its parts. Before forming FSC Architects in 2010 he was a Vice President at WATG designing several award winning hotels and resorts with his respected design and place-making skills.

Jim’s initiative and passion about the built environment got the attention of President Clinton who awarded him the President’s Council for Sustainable Development Certificate of Appreciation for his advocacy and visionary Sustainable Communities concept. Through Jim’s leadership as President of the AIA (American Institute of Architects) Honolulu Chapter, their new headquarters became the first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environment Design) certified project in Hawaii.

In addition to serving as President of AIA, Jim served as AIA Director, Chair of Urban Design Committee, Director of Center for Better Communities, city taskforces on urban design and transportation and other community activities. He also lectured on and was a charter signatory for New Urbanism with the objective that we owe it to society to help create a better built environment. Jim hopes that his open mind to discovery and curiosity about people, place and culture encountered throughout his world travels make him not only a better architect but a more responsible world citizen.

Hilton Wuyi Mountain Resort
Wuyishan, China
Le Meridian Changsha Meixi Lake Resort
Changsha, Hunan, China
Marriott Tong An Resort
Xiamen, China
Haitang Bay Phase Two Resort
Sanya, Hainan Island, China
Galle Lagoon Resort
Galle, Sri Lanka
Maoming Resort Master Plan
Maoming, Guangdong, China
Dongzhu Luxury Villas
Shanghai, China
G Charlton Hotels & Resorts Linzhi, Tibet
Lin Zhi, Tibet
G Charlton Hotels & Resorts Yazhou Bay, Sanya
Sanya, Hainan Island, China
Maritim Taihu Bay Resort
Changzhou, Jiangsu, China
Project Experience While With WATG

Conrad Bimini Bay
Bahamas
Principal
Conrad Bali Resort
Tanjung Benoa, Bali
Senior Designer
Renaissance Sanya Resort
Haitang Bay, Hainan Island
Principal/Lead Designer
Shangri‐la Maldives Resort
Villingili Island, Maldives
Acting Principal/Lead Designer
Shangri‐la Boracay Resort
Boracay, Philippines
Acting Principal/Lead Designer
Kempinski Sanya Resort
Hainan Island, China
Acting Principal/Lead Designer
Hilton Hangzhou Qiandao Lake Resort
Qiandao Lake, China
Principal/Lead Designer
Hilton Sanya Resort & Spa
Hainan Island, China
Senior Designer/Project Manager
Fiji Resort ‐ Navilaca Master Plan
Vanua Levu, Fiji
Principal/Lead Designer
Jin Yun Shan Resort
Chongqing, China
Principal/Lead Designer
G Charlton Kunming Hot Spring Resort
Kunming, China
Principal
Hualien Ocean Park Resort
Hualien, Taiwan
Senior Designer
Sandalwood Estates
Shanghai, China
Senior Designer/Project Manager
Shanghai Apartments Resort
Shanghai, China
Acting Principal/Lead Designer
Paradise Harbor Villas
Shanghai, China
Senior Designer
Kangwon Casino Resort
Kangwon, South Korea
Senior Designer
Kauai Coast Resort
Kapaa, Kauai, Hawaii
Senior Designer
Chevron Renaissance Mixed-Use
Surfer Paradise, Australia
Senior Designer