Current Role: Director of Design
o Expertise: Adaptive Reuse, Multi-family and Mixed-use Development, and Architecture background
James Spiller, AIA is the Director of Design at Blackbird Investments, a commercial real estate development firm in Des Moines, IA, where he works to execute projects built on the principles of excellent design, sustainable growth, and responsible urban environments. James is a registered architect, and prior to joining Blackbird Investments, he developed an expertise in
historic and adaptive reuse projects during his time at HLKB Architecture and Knowles Blunck Architecture. James also taught Architecture and Interdisciplinary Design at Iowa State University for six years, where his research addressed beginning design education and adaptive reuse structures. He is an avid advocate for aspiring architects, serving as the architect licensing advisor with the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards for the state of Iowa, the Architectural Experience Program coordinator at the American Institute of Architects of Iowa, and a nationwide instructor for Architecture Registration Exam candidates with Black Spectacles. James received a Bachelor of Arts at Washington University in St. Louis and a Master of Architecture from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.