(written from a Production point of view)
Richard D. James is a set and production designer who worked on Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Voyager. He designed the interiors of the USS Enterprise-D from the second to the final seasons. He also designed the Danube-class aft compartment (seen only in "Timescape").
James was initially intended to be a temporary replacement for Herman Zimmerman, who had been hired to work on Star Trek V: The Final Frontier. In the event, however, Zimmerman opted against returning to the series, and the producers were satisfied enough with James's work to give him the position permanently. (Star Trek: The Next Generation Companion, p127)
He was responsible for designing the bridge and the captain's ready room  of the USS Voyager and the interior for Dreadnought. He also recreated the interiors of the USS Excelsior for "Flashback", and created the modified designs for the USS Prometheus interiors.
James and set decorator Jim Mees won an Emmy Award for their work on the TNG episode "Sins of the Father". They were also nominated for the episodes "Elementary, Dear Data", "The Best of Both Worlds, Part II", "Unification II", and (with art director Andrew Neskoromny) "Thine Own Self".
Later, James and art director Louise Dorton shared four Excellence in Production Design Award nominations from the Art Directors Guild for their contributions on Voyager.
Outside of Star Trek, James was an art director on the 1960s/1970s game show Let's Make a Deal and the original Battlestar Galactica. He was also art director on the Academy Award-nominated dramatic film Silkwood (featuring Jim Beaver, Bill Cobbs, Graham Jarvis, and Bruce McGill) and the acclaimed historical drama The Beast of War (featuring Erick Avari) and was production designer on the action/adventure film Getting Even, starring Edward Laurence Albert.
Star Trek interviews
- TNG Season 2 DVD special feature "Departmental Briefing Year Two: Production", interviewed on 18 March 1994
- TNG Season 3 DVD special feature "Departmental Briefing Year Three: Visual Effects "Sins of the Father"", interviewed on 18 March 1994
- All Good Things Blu-ray special feature The Unknown Possibilities of Existence: Making "All Good Things" (2014)