James Heilbronner is the founder and President of Architectural Dimensions, a full-service architecture
and design firm that tackles complex projects in multiple sectors. The Oakland based firm’s design
approach is to work hard at responding to the natural surroundings and public attitudes toward a
project. As Principal Architect, he is responsible for the project management of all phases of
development- from feasibility analysis and design, through construction. He specializes in navigating the
entitlement and stakeholder/public engagement process to reach consensus and clear coordination for
any project. He has spent most of his career designing and managing a truly wide variety of projects that
span several industries, including hotels, retail, restaurant, shopping centers, office, industrial, civic,
entertainment, and historic.
Mr. Heilbronner has broad expertise in every stage of project delivery, team leadership, culture &
communications, marketing & operations, business strategy, PR & media, strategic partnerships, and
alternative delivery. This expertise has led to the successful design of numerous multiunit roll-out
development programs for nationwide retailers such as Starbucks, La Boulangerie, and 7-Eleven. As the
Program Manager for Hilton International, he assisted in the expansion of the hotel chain throughout
Northern California with the architectural design of 15 facilities. His background is filled with expertise
in the expansion of other leading hospitality chains such as Extended Stay America, Hampton Inn &
Suites, and Hilton Garden Inn & Suites; designing multiple locations for each throughout Northern
Most notably, Mr. Heilbronner has served as the Principal Architect for the highly publicized Fox Theater
in Oakland, the Historic Rotunda Building of Oakland, Bill Graham Civic Auditorium Historic Renovations,
Golden State Warriors’ Oracle Arena Mezzanine Suites, and over 2 million square feet of retail projects.
He also served as the Program Manager on the multi-faceted Oakland Army Base Reuse Plan; a $220M+
public/private Bay Area mega-project that spans over 300 acres.
A licensed architect in California and registered in 13 other states, Mr. Heilbronner received his Bachelor
of Architecture from the University of Kentucky. He is an active member in a number of organizations –
including leadership, trade associations, and industry groups – that support the development of
underserved populations, economic development, and sustainable practices, both in the Bay Area and
around the world.
For his work and commitment to excellence he has been recognized by several entities. A few such
recognitions include: Business Journal’s Top Projects in the North Bay, Hospitality Award, American
Institute of Architects California Council Merit Award for Architecture, Hilton Hotels Corporation
Architects Roundtable Award for Superior Service, and the National Preservation Foundation Renovation