James A GarlandAIA NCARB

Founder & President

James A. Garland founded Fluidity Design Consultants in 2002 after twenty years of practice in water design, architecture and urbanism. He holds a Masters degree in Architecture from UCLA, with a focus in architectural design and urban design. His undergraduate degree, also in architecture, was obtained from the University of Louisiana. James interned at Urban Innovations Group under Charles W. Moore, FAIA, an internationally celebrated architect who was known, among many things, for his enthusiastic and skillful use of water in architecture. Jim worked as an architect in New Orleans in the mid-1980s, and later worked as an architect and urban designer with Jon Jerde in Los Angeles in the early 2000s.

Fluidity was established in 2002 to create a new generation of water features, conceived, crafted, and engineered for the needs of the new century. Jim’s work in such projects as Hearst Headquarters (New York City), the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York City), Klyde Warren Park (Dallas), Myriad Gardens (Oklahoma City), Grand Park (Los Angeles), Index Building (Dubai), and Tongva Park (Santa Monica), are all examples of Fluidity’s advanced design initiative.

Jim is licensed to practice architecture in twenty American states, including California, New York, and Illinois. He has lectured at Harvard University, the Architectural Association in London and at the American Academy in Rome. In 1998, two of his sketchbooks were selected for exhibition at the Smithsonian Institute’s National Design Museum. In 2021, the University of Louisiana presented him with an Honorary Doctorate in Architecture and a Lifetime Achievement Award. Concurrently with his responsibilities at Fluidity, Jim is writing a worldwide survey of fountains, covering a 2,000-year history of wide-ranging examples, and a separate book covering Fluidity’s ideas and projects.