Past projects

James Harley has worked on a diverse range of project types and environments in different roles over his professional career. Below are details of some of these different projects.

Architects Without Frontiers: consulting project coordinator since 2008.

Role: stakeholder management, community engagement, scheduling, procurement, governance, logistics.

Advising on project management and governance issues for AWF on two projects:

1. The Ra-Marama Community Information Hub (RCIH) in Savusavu (Fiji). This project comprises the design and construction of built structures and associated landscaping and civil infrastructure to a site in the town of Savusavu, on the island of Vanua Levu, Fiji. It is a collaborative project between the women of Cakaudrove (represented by the Soqosoqo Vakamarama in Cakaudrove), and Architects Without Frontiers Australia. The project is funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade - Australian Aid program.

2. The Dien Ban Disability Day Centre (Hoi An, Vietnam). AWF worked with the Kianh Foundation from 2008 - 2012 to develop and deliver a purpose-designed Disability Day Centre in Dien Ban, (near Hoi An) Central Vietnam. The Centre meets pressing needs for 60 - 80 disabled and disadvantaged children in the area and provides access to urgent health, physiotherapy and educational needs.

Architects without Frontiers (AWF) is Australia’s first architectural not for profit organisation, working to make innovative design accessible to vulnerable communities around the world, improving their economic capacity while strengthening their social fabric. Its mission is to facilitate the deployment of Australian design services across a range of health and education projects in the Asia Pacific region.

RMIT University's Centre for Construction Work Health & Safety Research: Senior Industry Fellow since 2013.

Role: stakeholder management, scheduling, management of outputs, advising and reporting on research plans, quality assurance, concept development, bid preparation, budgeting and contract negotiation, reporting.

Contracting to the Centre for Construction Work Health and Safety Research at RMIT University, my approach is to develop strategic alliances for the research projects that the Centre undertakes. This involves developing governance structures around the research projects, enhancing stakeholder relationships, and implementing protocols and procedures that coordinate industry partnerships to ensure the Centre is well placed to consistently deliver quality outputs.

This assignment aims to develop strong external client relationships, that are aligned with robust internal protocols and procedures to ensure the Centre is well placed to consistently deliver quality outputs. Clients have included the Victorian Major Transport Infrastructure Program (Melbourne Metro & Level Crossing Removal Authority), Lendlease, Transport for NSW (Sydney Metro and Northwest), Multiplex, Australian Constructors Association and Safe Work Australia to name a few.

City of Melbourne: Senior Project Manager, Digital communications strategy: 2012-2013

Role: team leader, stakeholder management, communication, bid preparation, budget and scheduling, recruitment, visual project management, reporting.

Contracting to the City of Melbourne, this work progressed the digital communications strategy by project managing a suite of four core projects. These projects included reviewing the Corporate internet and intranet sites, the What's On site and developing documentation around the requirements for a content management system that was to deliver a refreshed approach to the digital channels of the City of Melbourne.

Northern Territory Government - RMIT University: Project Manager - Continuous Improvement Plan of SIHIP: 2009

Role: Stakeholder management, communication, interviewing, desk review, analysis and reporting.

Development of a scoping document and continuous improvement / benchmarking matrix for the Strategic Indigenous Housing and Infrastructure Program (SIHIP). Project undertaken in association with Northern Territory Government.

The SIHIP was a $672 million housing program that was intended to deliver 750 new houses, 230 rebuilds of existing houses and 2,500 refurbishments across 73 remote Indigenous communities and a number of community living areas (town camps) in the Northern Territory.

Digital Project Manager - various clients: 2005 -2012

Role: Stakeholder management, communication, coordination, contract management, scheduling, desk research, analysis, writing and reporting.

Contracting to various Victorian state government clients including the Departments Premier and Cabinet, Treasury and Finance, Sustainability and Environment and the State Services Authority.

Arts worker - cultural sector: 1988 - 2005

James worked in the cultural sector as both curator and arts manager for several years in various positions including Assistant Director - Gertrude Street Artists Spaces, Gallery Manager - Luba Bilu Gallery, Co Director - An Installation Publication (one of Australia's first digital media arts organisations), and in several roles at Arts Victoria (now Creative Victoria) including Visual Arts Program Manager and Senior Project Manager of the Digital Media Program. During this time, he published widely in arts journals and catalogues (see publications for more information).