James Edward Sved



Research and practical experience in the continued and evolutionary use of structure; effective methodologies on urbanity, transportation; and integrated technologies for sustainability.

Regarded as one of the top professionals in the US. Under James' direction, the restoration of Main Street Railroad Station, in Richmond, Virginia, was awarded the Restoration Project of the Year. While specializing in restoration and the re-use of historic structures, James has also completed projects for museums, universities, schools, cultural arts centers, educational nature centers, churches, public parks, memorial fountains, hospitality, residences, federal, state, and local governments, and private residences.

James takes a highly technical, hands-on approach to project development, design, and construction, often serving as project manager, site architect of record, and construction administrator. He works first-hand with material selection, material conservation, finish quality, cost control, and code compliance. Restoration, architectural history, design, interior design, historic preservation, historic archaeology, facilities operations, and issue mitigation are all aspects of James' substantial set of skills. Additional experience in the development of medical and research facilities. Successful experience in project management, construction administration, life safety, and uniform building codes.

James received his Master's Degree from the University of Virginia School of Architecture, and studied at the Monticello Archaeological Field School.  He also holds a degree in English from Randolph-Macon College.

A widely published writer and former university lecturer on restoration, architectural history and life safety in the building industry, James is available for speaking engagements.

Meets the US Department of the Interior's qualifications in architectural history, historic preservation, archaeology, and historic architecture.

Licensed real estate professional.

Recent Projects

Residential development conversion of apartment buildings into condominiums,

Washington, DC 

Historic Structures Report, Mixed-Use Development

Santa Barbara, California 

Code compliance mitigation for a luxury, 5-star resort

Nassau, Bahamas

Notable Projects

Main Street Station Restoration, Virginia (Awarded Restoration Project of the Year)

Science Museum of Virginia Renovation

University of Virginia (Numerous)

College of William and Mary (Numerous)

Preservation Plan, Town of Palm Beach, Florida

Addison Mizner's Memorial Fountain Restoration, Palm Beach

City of Petersburg Museums

Renovation and capital improvements at numerous churches

Land and Sea CRM


We're storytellers.

Land & Sea Cultural Resource Management is comprised of group of qualified professionals dedicated to filling in the gaps in the human record, preserving history, and answering questions that have yet to be asked.  We've worked in states from coast to coast, in the Caribbean, and overseas.  We love what we do and we're really good at it.

We meet US Secretary of the Interior's qualifications for Archaeology and Historic Preservation (36 CFR Part 61) in the following disciplines:

Architectural History

Historic Preservation


Historic Architecture

Every single day, we work to help tell the story of all people - Americans, first Americans, Native Americans, colonists, immigrants, unintended immigrants, explorers, and even your ancestors.  We do it because it's the right thing to do.  We do it because real history is not written in books, it is directly under your feet.

We're working to discover how the first humans arrived in the Americas; who inhabited great coastal cities that now reside at the bottom of our oceans.  Our research has uncovered long-forgotten forts that were integral to the settlement of the original English colonies to Virginia; we have collected and processed more than 11,000 artifacts from a single early 20th century commerce site; we've found 18th century pipe stems from Thomas Jefferson's favorite hot springs; and many more.

Unlike most CRM firms we also restore that history, and bring it back to life.  We've restored Tiffany stained glass windows; entire railroad stations; academic buildings, and have even worked on a World Heritage Site.  We've consulted on new construction, too, and offer full design, construction administration, code compliance, OSHA, and life safety regulatory services.  And when we're done discovering, uncovering, exploring, reviving, and restoring history, we have the capabilities to tell the story once more.  In 2005 we completed a short subject documentary about one of our favorite projects, for our client.  We've even become involved in computer technology,  marketing, event planning, and social media at the request of our clients.

We go beyond shovel tests and boilerplate histories and live the history we uncover for our clients, and this is why we find such great reward in our work.

We don't just tell your story, as our clients.  We tell our collective story.  The human story.



Section 106 surveys / reviews / mitigation

CEQA HSSR reports (California)

Architectural History


Maritime Archaeology



Museum exhibition



Adaptive Use

Interior Design

Architectural Photography

Archaeological Photography


Construction Administration

Project Management

Project Consultation 

Code review / mitigation

Rail & Transportation

OSHA compliance and risk management evaluations


Aquatic ecosystem sustainability 

Pollution control and sustainability for emerging nations


Primary research, Architectural History

Primary research Archaeology

Primary research Cultural Anthropology

Primary research Oceanographic

Terrestrial and sub-aquatic exploration




Marine Sciences


We are trained and experienced on the following advanced equipment:


Side Sonar

Satellite telemetry

Low-beam infrared

Arial drones

Submarine drones