Jim was inspired by teachers and mentors in high school who taught design and drafting. He proceeded to win a statewide design award and was off to the Rhode Island School of Design, where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Bachelor of Architecture. He was the recipient of the Alpha Rho Chi medal from RISD in 1977. A Masters in Architecture from Columbia followed, as well as a Kinne Travelling Fellowship and a Palladio Study Program in Italy through Pratt Institute.

Jim joined Centerbrook in 1980 as an intern and has been a project Architect, Senior Architect, Associate and Senior Associate; from 1994 to 2005 he was a Principal in the firm. He is currently the Senior Director of Architectural Practice & Building Science at Centerbrook, and spearheads an ongoing initiative to advance and formalize the firm’s approach to high-performance building and sustainable design, using the latest technologies, such as energy modeling software and BIM, to predict not only construction costs but also lifecycle expenses, i.e. how much a client will pay to operate a building during its life. Jim has worked on signature projects here, such Kroon Hall at Yale University, the University of Connecticut Chemistry Building in Storrs, and the Palmer Events Center in Austin, Texas. He is a two-time recipient of the Centerbrook Architects Travel Grant.

LEED AP BD+C accredited, Jim serves on a number of professional organizations, among them the Education Committee of the Construction Institute at the University of Hartford. In 2010 he developed a Sustainable Design Certificate Program for the Construction Institute and has prepared a lecture on Integrated Design Process as an elective course.

In his spare time he is an avid fisherman and watercolor painter of local scenes and buildings worldwide. “The current emphasis on sustainability and energy efficient design is the right direction for architecture,” he says. “Scientists believe there is only a limited time for us to change how we are living on this planet before irreparable climate change occurs. Architects can make efficient, responsible buildings that also are beautiful. Kroon Hall is a good example of that.”

FACTS

  • Buildings Jim has worked on have won 40 national and regional design awards
  • Reviews every Centerbrook project for quality assurance
  • Most memorable catch: a wily bonefish on the flats off the Yucatan
  • Has yet to win the Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass & Bluefish Derby (but keeps trying!)