Anthony James

Anthony James

Buffalo, NY, US



Trained in architectural history, passion for traditional design, watercolor artist, historic preservation and residential and park specialist.


Anthony O. James, Architect, Buffalo, NY, US, Principal

I have had my own firm off and on over the years, particularly 1988-89, 1994 -99, 2008-10, 2013-Present.

I specialize in historic preservation and traditional architecture. My work spans the gamut from residential to light commercial to institutional, with an additional specialty in park architecture. I have significant experience in institutional and commercial projects, and office buildings and campus planning.

Jan 2013 - current

Anthony O. James, Architect, Buffalo, NY, US, Principal

Job Title: Principal

Responsibilities: Sole proprietor of the firm Anthony O. James, Architect. I hire additional help and consultants on a project by project basis. I also am the consulting architect for the historic Olmsted system in Buffalo, NY, and do design and construction drawings for various renovation, restoration, and new construction projects in the parks, public advocacy for the parks and appropriate design adjacent to the parks.

Jan 2013 - current

SPG3 Architects, Philadelphia, PA, US, Project Manager

Project manager for a diverse group of residential, institutional, renovation and commercial projects. In addition, when questions of traditional design and detailing arose I was the designer chosen for those projects. The position ended during the crash of 2008-2009, when spg3 had to lay off 75% of the staff.

Jan 2001 - Nov 2008

The Hillier Group, Philadelphia, PA, US, Project Architect

Project Architect with the Preservation studio. Projects included the roof restoration of the Governor's wing of the New Jersey State House, a renovation and restoration project at the U.S. Supreme Court building, and renovation work at buildings on the campus of Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ.

Apr 1999 - Jan 2001

Chesapeake Associated Architects, Chestertown, MD, US, Project Architect

Project Architect for residential and commercial projects. This position was off and on over a number of years, specifically 1989-90, 1994, 1997-98, whenever I was available and they had work. We had a very good working relationship, especially with principal Peter Newlin.

Jan 1989 - Mar 1998

Wycliffe Associates, Orange, CA, US, Architect

Architect for various projects, residential and educational centers, mainly overseas, including a high school in Cameroon. Major projects included the Maluku Studies Centre at Pattimura University in Ambon, Indonesia, office and housing for the Wycliffe Bible Translators regional office in West Chicago, IL, a new dining hall at the Tahquitz Pines retreat center in Idylwild, CA, master planning projects at the Wycliffe Centre near High Wycombe, UK and for Pattimura University, Ambon, Indonesia, an arts building and a printshop for Pattimura University, renovation of an old school for a translation center in Bouake, Cote d'Ivoire, a new translation center in Bamako, Mali, and various smaller projects in Africa and Europe.

May 1990 - May 1992

GGK & Associates, Philadelphia, PA, US, Associate

Associate-in-charge and project architect for numerous residential projects and a number of small scale commercial projects. Residential projects included single-family, townhouse, and multi-family design. I carried out design for entire communities, including a retirement community with a nursing home, and a large residential community with a gatehouse and a major clubhouse.

May 1985 - Jul 1988

Atkin Olshin Schade Architects, Philadelphia, PA, US, Project Architect

The firm was known as Tony Atkin, Architect when I worked for them. My projects included various residential and commercial work, but my most important project was the Renfrew Center, a residential eating disorders clinic. This building won a PA merit award in 1985. As a fast track project I worked intensely with all the consultants and contractors throughout the design, documentation and construction phases of the project.

Apr 1983 - May 1985

Arthur Cotton Moore/Associates, Washington, DC, US, Intern Architect

As an intern architect I completed some design, and the construction drawings for a renovation and restoration of the Catholic cathedral in Charleston, S.C. I also did the drawings and some design for the new exterior entrance including steps and ramps at the Duke Ellington School for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

Jun 1982 - Mar 1983

National Park Service, Philadelphia, PA, US, Intern Architect

This summer position was with the Philadelphia Field Office of the Denver Service Center, which at that time did all the architectural work for preservation projects in the mid-Atlantic area. I did research, design, and construction drawings for an exterior restoration of Hampton Mansion, a National Park Service property in Towson, MD, completing an addendum to the historic structures report based on new information I found in my research.

May 1980 - Aug 1980

North Carolina Division of Archives and HIstory, Raleigh, NC, US, Restoration Specialist

As a restoration specialist I oversaw state and federal restoration grants for historic properties throughout North Carolina. I worked with architects and contractors to assure that their work met accepted preservation standards, approving them so that grant funds could be dispersed. My work also included historic paint research to provide color schemes for the restoration projects. For two projects I did construction drawings for the restorations, including the research, design, and drawings for the reconstruction of the windows, doors, and missing interior paneling.

Oct 1977 - Aug 1979

Kentucky Heritage Commission, Frankfort, KY, US, Historic Sites Surveyor

I carried out the historic sites survey of the city of Winchester, culminating in a published book for all of Clark County, in which I wrote the architectural history of the city and the catalogue of historic sites in the city. In Ballard County I worked with a historian on the survey of the county, and was co-author of the subsequent book. I assisted with the survey of Jefferson County as well.

Jun 1976 - Oct 1977

National Trust for Historic Preservation, Washington, DC, US, Architectural Historian summer intern

My summer job with the National Trust consisted of carrying out historical and architectural research on their properties in Maryland, which at the time included Reynolds Tavern in Annapolis, and Mt. Harmon and Bowlingly on the Eastern Shore.

May 1975 - Aug 1975

Maryland Historical Trust, Annapolis, MD, US, Architectural Historian summer intern

In the summer of 1974 I worked on the historic sites survey of Frederick County. I also worked for the Trust in the summers of 192 and 1973, principally as a photographer for National Register nominations, and also did all darkroom work for the Trust.

May 1974 - Aug 1974


University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, US, MArch, Architecture

Standard architectural design, structures, systems, and drawing classes; electives included three classes (one an independent study) with folklorist and historian Henry Glassie, concentrating in vernacular architecture, and several other architectural history classes. I was a research assistant for Art History professor Renata Holod, helping her to compile a bibliography of Islamic vernacular architecture. Thesis project: a new State Library for the State of North Carolina, sited prominently on Capitol Square in Raleigh, NC.

Sep 1979 - May 1982

Attingham Summer School, London, GB, Architectural History and Decorative Arts

The School has three main purposes:

To EXAMINE the architectural and social history of the historic house in Britain and its gardens and landscape setting.

To STUDY the contents of these buildings – their paintings, sculpture, furniture, ceramics, silver, textiles and other applied arts – as well as the planning, decorative treatment and use of the interiors.

To STIMULATE debate on problems relating to the conservation and presentation of the country house and its contents.

Jun 1978 - Aug 1978

University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, US, Bachelors, Architectural History

Architectural History, with an emphasis on American and English examples. Coursework included special research projects, adaptive reuse, measured drawings, architectural design, and a wide variety of architectural history courses.

Sep 1972 - May 1976


Major Achievements in Marketing Excellence, Other

I was Project Architect and Associate-in-Charge of the Scarborough Office Park, in Voorhees, NJ, which won an award from the Builders League of South Jersey for its design and marketing.


Progressive Architecture Award, Other

Merit Award for the design of the Renfrew Center, the first purpose-designed residential eating disorders clinic in the U.S. I was project architect for the construction of this building and designed a number of the details as well as doing all the construction drawings.


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