James "Jim" Murray Webb went to Pomona College then received a BA in architecture from the University of California Berkeley in 1937. Then obtained a MA in City Planning from MIT in 1946. He then worked for architect William Wurster in California.
Webb left California to join UNC's new City and Regional Planning School in 1946 (remaining on the faculty until his retirement in 1975). Webb practiced in Chapel Hill with his brother John until John returned to Berkeley. James started the firm City Planning and Architecture Associates (CPAA) in the late 1950's, and designed almost 150 homes in the Chapel Hill area. He married Barbara Henderson Kelly in November 1956 (they divorced in November 1975).
He was also actively involved in Chapel Hill Town preservation and historical projects, was one of the first members of the Appearance Commission, and also served on the Historic District Commission and was president of the Chapel Hill Historical Society for three years.
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