Founding Principal

James Cutler


James Cutler FAIA, founding partner of Cutler Anderson Architects has been in practice for almost 40 years. He is known for his environmentally sensitive and sustainable work and his responsiveness to place, program, and cultural circumstance. The firm of thirteen employees has received six National Honor Awards from the American Institute of Architects and over 50 national and regional awards.

Jim is a registered architect in Washington, Alaska, Hawaii, Montana, Wyoming, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, Tennessee and North Carolina. He has a Master of Architecture degree from the Louis I. Kahn Studio program and Master of Architecture and Bachelor of Arts degrees from University of Pennsylvania.

A resident of Bainbridge Island, Washington since 1974, Jim is a founding member of the Bainbridge Island Land Trust, a non-profit organization which is dedicated to the preservation of the living systems of the world.

He is frequently a juror for regional and national design competitions and has taught architectural studios at Dartmouth College, Harvard Graduate School of Design, Universities of California at Berkeley, Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, Washington, Oregon and Middlebury College in Vermont. In November 2015, Jim was inducted into the National Academy Museum & School in New York City and in 2012 was awarded the Medal of Honor by the American Institute of Architects-Seattle Chapter.

Cutler Anderson Architects is currently designing residential, commercial and mixed-use projects in Washington, Oregon, California, Utah, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Vermont, Poland, and Czech Republic.