James (Jim) G. Freeman, AIA, MArch, BSET-Arch is a founding principal of FSC ARCHITECTS, an international hospitality design firm offering master planning and architecture services from its headquarters in Honolulu, Hawaii. The company’s Living Places approach is grounded in designing meaningful experiences that enrich life through Contemporary Regionalism - design that imbues forward thinking convivial place-making skills with local culture, history and the natural environment. Jim has been known to say when it comes to designing successful resorts, the whole should always be greater than the sum of its parts, and believes his success is in part due to a willingness to listen and learn with an endless curiosity.
For twenty years Jim has designed award winning international hotels and resorts with a majority of work located throughout Asia-Pacific. Some of FSC ARCHITECTS notable projects built or under construction include the Cape Verde Integrated Resort & Casio, Renaissance and Marriott resorts in Tong An, Xiamen, G Charlton Resorts in Tibet, Hainan Island and Kunming, Hilton Wuyi Mountains and Meridien Meixi Lake. Prior to forming FSC ARCHITECTS seven years ago Jim was a Vice President at WATG where he designed several resorts including the Shangri-la Boracay Philippines and Maldives resorts, Conrad Bali, Hilton Sanya, Renaissance Sanya, Hilton Hangzhou Qiandao Lake Resort, the former Kempinski (current Club Med) Sanya, China.
Jim is passionate about finding a balance between built and natural environments and not just for the meaningful guest experiences that are key to a resort’s success. President Clinton awarded him the President’s Council for Sustainable Development Certificate of Appreciation for his advocacy and visionary Sustainable Communities concept.