Get to know James Harrison, project director with Growland

PUBLICATION: The Real Estate Conversation

James Harrison joined Mirvac straight from university, and spent eight years with the developer. Last year, he joined Growland to oversee their upcoming projects.

Coming from a family of lawyers, James Harrison knew from an early age he wanted to take a different path. After studying property economics at university, he spent eight years with Mirvac, and last year joined Growland to oversee their upcoming projects.

He spoke to SCHWARTZWILLIAMS about what has brought him to this point in his career, and what makes him a good property developer.

How did you get into the property development?

I come from a family of lawyers and growing up I realised that this path wasn’t for me. Instead I studied Property Economics at the University in Sydney before starting with Mirvac as a 21-year old. Following this, I moved to Perth to make the most of the mining/property boom.

I have spent the majority of my career to date at Mirvac which I consider the best property education one can be fortunate enough to receive. Taking the lead on Growland’s projects is a new challenge I am meeting head on.

What do you love most about your job?

I think the variety is key. It’s rare to come home and tell my partner I’ve had a boring day. The milestones in development are also a highlight. Whether it is obtaining a big approval, a successful sales launch or completion on a project there are many reasons to celebrate or commiserate along the journey. It’s also great to drive past or inspect a finished project and know you have contributed to its creation.

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