James Jelliffe

James Jelliffe

Indianapolis, IN, US



Mr. Jelliffe is a Master Architect having proved his skill and aptitude for all aspects of architectural practice. His projects have received several awards including the prestigious William W. Caudill Citation from American School & University for the planning and design of the 2000-student Chesterton High School in Chesterton, Indiana.  By staying current with research as well as national, social, economic, and cultural trends, Mr. Jelliffe brings best-practice thinking from multiple fields and disciplines to bear on his projects.  This approach has helped his clients save millions of dollars while still meeting or exceeding their schedule and quality expectations.  Mr. Jelliffe’s signature talent lies in his ability to communicate his passion for good design and how good design can have a positive impact on meeting the complex functional and emotional needs of its users.  He has consistently helped clients visualize their future and helped them execute it successfully.

• Planning and design of facilities rooted in research and an understanding of how people live, work, play, and learn.
• Visioning, programming, design, project management, business development, contract negotiation, scheduling and budgeting.
• Design, Contract documents,Specifications, and Construction Administration..



Odle McGuire Shook, Indianapolis, IN, US, Principal | Senior Project Manager

As a “hands-on” principal and senior project manager, Mr. Jelliffe provided project management and contract oversight in all phases in all phases of architectural design, from pre-design to project completion. His focus on providing quality design, managing costs and schedule throughout the life of a project, consistently delivered projects on time and within budget.

Nov 2011 - Aug 2013

Shive-Hattery, Iowa City, IA, US, Senior Educational Architect

As Sr. Education Architect, Mr. Jelliffe was responsible for proving leadership in the development and operation of a high performing educational planning and design team in the Iowa City design office. This included business development, client satisfaction, design, educational planning, project management, and the mentorship of junior level staff.

Apr 2009 - Feb 2011

Roesling Nakamura Terada Architects, San Diego, CA, US, Senior Project Manager

Mr. Jelliffe provided project management leadership during the design development phase for the City College Business and Humanities Quad at City College, San Diego, California. This was the first major project RNT Architects developed using BIM (REVIT) software. Mr. Jelliffe’s knowledge in the use of BIM software was instrumental in the development of this project, which utilized CM at Risk delivery method.

Aug 2008 - Oct 2008

SHW Group, Reston, VA, US, Senior Project Manager | Lead Designer

Mr. Jelliffe provided leadership in the complete reconstruction of a regional office that once served as a project management and construction management office under a centralized design and production model into an autonomous regional design studio; including business development and recruiting efforts associated with a firm changing its course to better grow a culture of design. He was also responsible for leading the planning, design, documentation, construction and close-out phases for Tier-1 K-12 clients; delivering projects under his leadership below estimated construction budgets and consistently outperforming internal profit goals for the studio.

Feb 2005 - Aug 2008

Fanning and Howey Associates, Inc. - Architects and Engineers, Alexandria, VA, US, Principal | Executive Director

In the fall of 1999, Mr. Jelliffe was selected from a firm-wide pool of applicants to relocate from Fanning Howey’s Michigan City, Indiana office to Alexandria, Virginia to establish a regional office for Fanning Howey in the Greater Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area to expand their educational practice in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States. To build a portfolio of local projects, Mr. Jelliffe was successful leveraging the firm’s educational planning and design expertise to build strong partnerships with local firms, helping client school districts visualize their future, build alignment for uniquely tailored solutions and helped execute them successfully. As Executive Director he was responsible for business development, project oversight, design, client and team coordination and business management.

Jan 2000 - Feb 2005

Fanning and Howey Associates, Inc. - Architects and Engineers, Michigan City, IN, US, Project Manager | Senior Associate

As a Sr. Associate & Project Manager, Mr. Jelliffe was responsible for leading project design and establishing a design direction for K-12 educational clients. This required helping client school districts visualize their future and building alignment between faculty, staff, school board members, parents, students and community members for uniquely tailored design solutions; including conducting community meetings, developing educational specifications, drafting feasibility studies and master plans as well as completing traditional design, production, bidding and construction phases.

Feb 1996 - Dec 1999

Odle McGuire Shook, Indianapolis, IN, US, Associate Principal | Director of Architecture | Project Manager

Mr. Jelliffe rose from being a Project Architect when he joined the firm in 1985 to being responsible for the management of the architectural studio, including business development, internal budgeting, scheduling, staff assignments and coordination with the engineering studios. He was also responsible for leading project design and establishing design direction for K-12, higher education and government clients; including the development of facility master plans, building programs, educational specifications, drafting feasibility studies and managing the completion of the traditional design, production, bidding, and construction phases of projects under his leadership.

Aug 1985 - Jan 1996

Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf Architects, Indianapolis, IN, US, Project Manager

As a Project Manager with BDMD, Mr. Jelliffe was responsible for leading project teams in all phases of design and construction for commercial and corporate clients. His responsibilities included negotiating sub-consultant contracts, coordinating with sub-consultants, developing construction documents (drawings and specifications), project permitting, construction administration and project close-out.

Jan 1984 - Aug 1985

Pecsok Jelliffe & Randall Architects, Indianapolis, IN, US, Project Architect

Following graduation from architectural school, Mr. Jelliffe joined PJR as a Project Architect. In this position he was responsible for preparing construction document drawings for church, public library, and county jail projects including coordination with sub-consultants.

May 1980 - Jan 1985


Ball State University, Muncie, IN, US, BArch, Architecture

Sep 1974 - May 1980

Ball State University, Muncie, IN, US, Bachelors, Environmental Design

Sep 1974 - May 1980

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