JDA Co. is a Brisbane-based studio that uses a methodology of research and advocacy, to positively influence change in areas of climate adaptation, community, and remote, complex projects. Our works seeks to occupy the spaces in between architecture, with a goal to affect policy for a better outcome for society. Although coming from the flood resiliency space, JDA Co.’s aim has always been to take on climate adaptation & resilience in buildings as a whole.
James Davidson (Principal, JDA Co.) has lectured worldwide and has run studio, urban and residential design workshops in the Netherlands, UK and the USA. In addition to being the principal at JDA Co., James holds a Doctorate in Architecture with a primary focus on architectural anthropology, which he continues to develop in JDA’s practice work. He is also a previous director of Emergency Architects Australia, where he led their 2011 Queensland Floods relief project. In 2013, James was awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship focusing on urban design and residential architecture, climate change adaptation and flood resilience in the Netherlands, USA and UK. Over the course of the last decade James has become Australia’s leading flood-resilience architect. He has written the Flood Resilient Building Guidance for Queensland Homes for the Queensland State Government, the Flood Resilient Home Building Design Guideline for the Gold Coast City Council and is currently managing the roll out of the Flood Resilient Homes Program for the Brisbane City Council, which is the largest flood resilience built environment project to date in Australia. In 2020, JDA Co. expanded into the field of bushfire resilience and James helped develop the Bushfire Resilient Building Guidance for Queensland Homes together with CSIRO and the Queensland Reconstruction Authority.