Jim Wilson was born in Atlanta Georgia.  He attended Tulane University where he received his bachelor masters in Architecture. While he studied at Tulane, Jim wilson received the Lupo award for his Metairie Corridor Study

Upon graduation from Tulane University, Jim Wilson started his career at the office of Woo and Williams Architects in Boston Massachusetts. While at Woo & Williams, Jim Wilson was a project designer for a twenty two story faculty townhouse, a public library for Harvard University, and the Olympic Village in Seoul Korea.

In 1990, Jim Wilson moved to New York City where he worked as a Design Team Member for Eisenman Architects.  At Eisenman, Jim designed a new Educational Facility for the University of Cincinnati. In 1991, he was awarded the Progressive Architecture Award for Cincinnati Art and Architectural Center.  He also prepared design documentation, presentation drawings and models while working in New York.

In 1992 Jim Wilson moved to Atlanta Georgia where he worked for Lord, Aeck and Sargent. While he was at Lord, Aeck and Sargent,  he was Project Architect for a financial feasibility study for the renovation of four existing Student Residence Halls; focusing on all aspects of the buildings including: architectural design, code compliance, and mechanical and electrical system upgrades.  In 1992, he was given the Construction Builder Award for The Grady Radiation Oncology Center.

In 1994 Jim Wilson started his own firm called Wilson & Dawson Architects, Inc. where he is currently the Principal.  Jim Wilson has also been published in Architectural Record in 1990 for Harvard Faculty Townhouses, and was also published in Southern Living for a design renovation in Nashville, TN.

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