Title: Architect, Educator, Real Estate Developer
Company: Robinson Architects PC
Location: New York, New York, United States
Sir James Robinson, Architect, Educator, and Real Estate Developer at Robinson Architects PC, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the fields of architecture and development.
Sir James Robinson served in the United States Army as a Private Class E-1 before his honorable discharge. As a student, he earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Southern University in 1964, and started working as an architect for the Port Authority of New York. Later, he worked as a store planner for W.T. Grant, and in 1965 he worked for Herbst & Rusciano at the American Institute of Architects. In 1966, he started as an architect for Carson, Lundin & Shaw, and in 1967, he transitioned to Kennerly, Slomanson & Smith. He returned to his studies, going on to earn a Master in City Planning from the Pratt Institute in 1972.
In 1969, Sir James Robinson became an architect-on-business for Kennerly, Slomanson & Smith, and later that year he started his own professional corporation, Robinson Architects PC. He has served as president of the company ever since. His principal architectural works include the Stuyvesant Heights Christian Church, the David Chavis House, the Fulton Court Houses, and the Sinclair Houses. In addition, he has worked on the Eliot Graham Houses, Sojourner Truth Houses, New York City Postal Data Center, Mount Carmel Baptist Church, and the Consolidated Edison Collection Center, among others.
Out of his myriad architectural and developmental projects, Sir James Robinson is most proud of his work on the affordable housing in Brownsville. He designed the first 500 homes in the area, selling them for $45,000, and now the same houses are worth in excess of $600,000. He is also proud of his restoration of the daycare center at a church that was gutted by fire. He recreated the interior structure and added levels, creating more space. Sir James Robinson is a licensed architect in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Wyoming, Virginia, Ohio, and Florida. In addition to his architectural projects, he was also a visiting professor at the City University of New York, working as an adjunct professor to the Pratt Institute.
In 1976, Sir James Robinson was recognized for his architectural excellence with a Design Award from the American Institute of Architects. He is also a member of the American Arbitrators Association and served on the board of directors for the Boys Club of America. As a testament to his esteem and stature, Sir James Robinson is a decorated knight of the Order of St. John of Malta. He was knighted in 1985. In recognition of his success, expertise, and experience as an architect and developer, he was included in the first edition of Who’s Who of Emerging Leaders in America, the 17th edition of Who’s Who in the World, as well as multiple editions of Who’s Who in the East, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Who’s Who in American Education, and Who’s Who in America.
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