James W. O'Neill
Founding Principal
“Simple. Modern. Elegant.”

Jim is a creative powerhouse with 38 years of experience, who leads with a people-first approach. Jim founded Inventure in 1997 as a firm that solves complex problems across a range of disciplines while emphasizing elevated design, collaboration, and an injection of fun every step of the way. While staying connected to the original mission and values of the firm, he keeps Inventure on the leading edge of a fast-paced, increasingly automated industry by looking for ways to enhance the value of the designs his firm produces, fostering team development and infusing new technology whenever possible. Jim continues to challenge industry standards through his unwavering belief in the power of great design and innovation. 


Jim is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and a licensed architect in three states. He is additionally licensed through the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) and a member of Rice Design Alliance. He graduated from Harvard University, where he received his Master of Architecture in Urban Design (MAUD) and the University of Notre Dame where he received his Bachelor of Science in Architecture.