James P. Cramer is the Chairman and Principal of the Greenway Group, Inc., a management consulting, research, and publishing organization specializing in the architecture, real estate, and management. He is a foresight advisor, futurist, and trends authority in the architecture, design, and construction industry. He is the editor of Design Intelligence, a design management change and innovation journal and the author of four books including the critically acclaimed book How Firms Succeed: A Field Guide to Design Management. He is the editor of the annual Almanac of Architecture & Design, praised as the “essential and definitive tool for architecture and design facts” by The American Institute of Architects. Recently he authored the best selling, The Next Architect: A New Twist on the Future of Design, published by Ostberg.
He is the founding co-chairman (with Dr. Jonas Salk) of the La Jolla, California and Washington DC based think tank, The Design Futures Council. The Council’s mission is to explore trends, changes, and new opportunities in design, architecture, engineering, and building technology.
Cramer is an expert on global trends and shifts in AEC Industry. His strategic consulting clients have included organizations in 46 states and nine foreign countries. Clients have included Steelcase, The National Building Museum, the Aga Khan Foundation (Geneva), IBM, The State of New York, Business Week, The Royal Institute of British Architects, The National Museum of American Art (Smithsonian), as well as many national and international award winning architecture and engineering firms.
Jim Cramer has lectured at MIT (Aga Khan Lecturer), Clemson (Honors Lecturer), University of Pisa in Italy (Design Media Lecturer), the University of Minnesota (Commencement Speaker), University of Nebraska (Hyde Lecturer and Commencement Speaker) and elsewhere. He has been a speaker at Harvard University for the last three years and for eight years was Adjunct Professor of Architecture at the University of Hawaii, Manoa. This spring (May 16) he will deliver the commencement address at Virginia Tech.
He has frequently appeared in the print and broadcast mediums to discuss and comment upon real estate, design and business trends and has been interviewed in USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times; NPR’s All Things Considered, C-Span, and the major broadcast networks: NBC, CBS, ABC, and CNN.
Jim Cramer served as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of The American Institute of Architects for six years from 1988 to 1994. He is the former President and CEO of the American Architectural Foundation. He was the co-founder of the National Design Council.
The recipient of over eighty awards and honors, he received the University of Minnesota’s Distinguished Service Medal for his work advocating the value of good design benefiting productivity and community. He received honors from the Royal Australian Institute of Architects, The International Interior Design Association, and others. He is a Richard Upjohn Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and a Fellow of the Western Behavioral Sciences Institute (WBSI) in LaJolla, California.