Meet Park River, ND, native Jim (James) Galloway, Principal Architect at JLG Architects in Fargo. His passion for design began as a youth with the influence of his mother who was a prolific, self-taught artist. His very first drawings were in cartoons, which developed into a hobby that carried through college. He later fell in love with architecture and graduated from NDSU in 1988. In 1996, Jim moved back home to North Dakota and joined what was then called Johnson Laffen Architects. In 2000, he became a partner in the firm which is now called JLG Architects (Johnson, Laffen, Galloway). Through the years their portfolio and resume has exploded, as has the size of their firm. Today, JLG has over 150 FTE employees.
While he has had the great fortune to work on many building types, Jim’s primary focus has been on higher education design. “I love the energy and vitality of college campuses,” he said.
JLG consistently ranks in the top 100 of Building Design and Construction (BD+C) magazines Giants of Higher Education Design by volume of work. Their design work has been recognized and received many awards from their peers.
“Good design matters and plays a vital role in shaping our communities”
Inspiration, Colors & Trends
When it comes to trends, Jim is most excited about the awareness of sustainable design practices. Smart, efficient design practices increase the owner’s return on investment and decrease the consumption of resources.
If he could have helped build any historical architecture, Jim would have chosen Chapelle Notre-Dame du Haut (chapel in Ronchamp, France) by Le Corbusier. It was so unlike anything that had been done at this time. “The detail work and construction methods would have been unbelievably fun to work on and see it through construction,” said Jim. He also has a fondness for Eliel and Eero Saarinen as well as Carlo Scarpa.
“I have been fortunate to have my passion for work coincide with my lifestyle,” said Jim. “Traveling by motorcycle and taking in the sites, venues and architecture is one of my most enjoyable activities. I would also say that working with young, talented architects is refreshing and rewarding for me.”
Jim’s next big goal is to see the design and construction of the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library through to its completion and occupancy