James Chavel has practiced the art of building for over 18 years. James and Amy Lin started their collaboration at Shim-Sutcliffe Architects in 2008, working as co-project architects on an assisted living home for the Sisters of St. Joseph in Toronto. After completion of the project, they established Suulin Architects in 2014. Before working at Shim-Sutcliffe Architects, he was at Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects where he worked primarily on the Phoenix Art Museum Extension and Cheatham Residence.
Suulin Architects is a holistic design practice and believes in an integrative design approach which extends beyond the building and includes all of the elements of the site from architecture and landscape, down to the furniture. In their projects, they place great emphasis on enhancing the connections to nature, and awareness of the environment.