James Herbst received his BArch (1993) from the University of Cincinnati. Before coming to Greece he worked as a practicing architect and builder with a specialty in resource and energy efficient construction and the renovation of historical structures. He received his Master of Science (2001) in Architectural History from the University of California at Berkeley with a thesis entitled “Quarrying and Construction Methods in the ‘Twin’ Basilicas at Corinth.” He has been the architect for the Corinth Excavations since 1998.
His interests lie in ancient construction methods and materials, and in graphic representation of archaeological objects and monuments. His current research is the Early Roman capitals and other architectural fragments from the Panayia Field excavations. He co-authored an excavation report on the road in the Panayia Field with Jen Palinkas, and the excavation and site of the Penteskouphia plaques with Ioulia Tzonou.