J Harding Dowell

J Harding Dowell

Lexington, KY, US



I'm a licensed architect working in Lexington, KY. I've returned here after my education in Florida and Virginia, and an initial professional stint in Connecticut. I think architecture is ultimately about creating value (social, environmental, economic) and that architects should embrace responsibility for all three. I like BIM, tolerate LEED, and look forward to the day when sustainability is no longer special, but expected.

Go Gators, Go Cats, Wahoowa. 


EOP Architects, Lexington, KY, US, Associate

Expanding design role, managing multiple projects, and strengthening the firm's position in focused markets, specifically libraries and healthcare. Internal office management, staff mentoring and evaluation, and reinforcement of office cultural activities round out the Associate role.

Oct 2015 - current

EOP Architects, Lexington, KY, US, Project Architect

This fast-paced office specializes in urban projects, from multi-use developments to commercial real estate and multifamily housing. My focus was on project management for smaller institutional and healthcare clients, coupled with efforts toward business development.

May 2012 - Oct 2015

Centerbrook Architects and Planners, LLP, Staff Architect

Currently employed by this multi-faceted firm dedicated to finding humanistic solutions to client needs. Work has focused on a math and science building for the Berkshire School and an addition to an Episcopal church near Huntington, NY.

Sep 2008 - May 2012

KUBE Architecture, Summer Intern

During a summer at this young Washington, DC firm, I built models and first experimented with BIM, focusing on a residential addition in Great Falls, VA.

May 2007 - Aug 2007

Guyon Architects, Intern Architect

A six-month employment between undergraduate and graduate study centered on two multi-family housing developments. Working directly with clients and brokers, I completed fit-out documents for 42 units.

Mar 2006 - Aug 2006

Safdie Architects, Summer Intern

My summer in Boston was spent on myriad different projects, from performing arts centers to federal courthouses. I built models, taught myself AutoCAD, and helped out with typical intern tasks.

May 2003 - Aug 2003


University of Virginia, MArch, Architecture

Investigations of the environmental and cultural impact of design drive the course of study. Designs become sensitive and generative parts of a complex whole. Interest in higher-density affordable housing informs seminar and studio choices.

Aug 2006 - May 2008

University of Florida, Bachelors, Architecture

Starting from an abstract design concepts, the architecture curriculum emphasizes the importance of process over the final resolution. Attention to site, the experiential qualities of space, and passive design are prominent in the pedagogy.

Aug 2001 - Dec 2005

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