Stephen James has guided the realization of Daybreak’s physical characteristics since the project’s inception. His focus is market transformation from sprawling resource intensive development toward a focused, walkable, and center based development pattern. He is positioning Daybreak to achieve its high intensity entitlement by introducing housing, commercial building types, and community forms that generate value now and in the long term.
Trained as an architect, Stephen is both a curator and a designer. This skill set enables him to stretch the boundaries of what builders and development partners can achieve, while enhancing and broadening Daybreak’s competitive product offerings. He links the desired place outcomes to the business plan by integrating demographically diverse product segments with community amenities and characteristics that allow swifter lot absorption and greater development intensities that appeal to the market.
Stephen continues to lead the evolution of the community vision by drafting, editing, and negotiating flexible development standards that keep the community fresh and market responsive. He assembles planning and design consultant teams and directs their land planning, urban design, architecture and landscape efforts from design through construction. He has also developed and led the evolution of the team’s development process.
Prior to joining the Kennecott Land Development team in 2003, Stephen was a designer in the national architecture practice of HGA, Inc. in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Stephen is the 2008 recipient of the Ralph Rapson Travelling Study Fellowship where he researched and documented the evolution of world cities. He currently serves on the University of Utah College of Architecture and Planning advisory board and is a frequent presenter in local, regional and national symposia on healthy and sustainable development.