Homicide detectives are investigating the death of young Melbourne building designer James Crawford, the director of locally-based firm Inner Arc.

The 33-year-old's body was found in his home, where he also ran his firm Inner Arc, by a family member on Monday morning. Police reported he suffered several blows to his torso with a sharp object, and that it is possible his body could have been in the house for two weeks.

Investigators and emergency services attended the townhouse, above a vintage shop in Cardigan Place in Albert Park, Melbourne, speaking to neighbours and calling for people with information to come forward.

The Age reported that James Crawford was “the son of television producer Henry Crawford, who won an Emmy Award for the show A Town like Alice, and screenwriter Sarah Darling and was also the grandson of Gordon Darling, founding patron of the National Portrait Gallery”.

Forensic police collect evidence at the Albert Park house after a suspected murder. (Source: ABC via AAP: Julian Smith)

Crawford completed an information technology degree at Bond University, then interior architecture and architecture degrees in the United States.

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James Crawford (Source: ABC)




*This article was updated as it incorrectly stated that James Crawford was an architect. It also repeated that Inner Arc provided architectural services, however the Architects Registration Board of Victoria confirms this claim is in breach of the Architects Act.