Baltimore, MD native James R. Edmunds, Jr. attended Boys Latin School in that city before studying architecture at the University of Pennsylvania, where he completed a B. S. in Arch. in 1912. He returned to Baltimore to practice. By 1920 he was working in the office of Joseph Evans Sperry
, where he became a partner in 1923 and succeed Sperry in the office at the older architect's death in 1930. Subsequently he continued the work of the office in association with Herbert G. Crisp
, with the formal partnership of Crisp & Edmunds
established in 1936. Eventually he was joined by his son, James R. Edmunds, III
Edmunds joined the AIA in 1921.