Speaker: James Cutler, FAIA

on Architecture and Design will be presented by James Cutler, FAIA on
“The Circumstances of Design and Reality”

Thursday, November 7th at 6:30pm
Contois Auditorium at City Hall, Burlington, Vermont

October 2019 – Burlington, Vermont – James Cutler, FAIA and founding member of Cutler Anderson Architects of Bainbridge Island, Washington, will be presenting the 20th annual Roland Batten Lecture titled, “The Circumstances of Design and Reality.” This lecture series was founded in 1999 in memory of Shelburne-based architect and planning commission member, Roland Batten.

Based upon a deep love of the land, James Cutler has designed over 100 custom homes and other institutional projects such as the Edith Green Wendell Wyatt Federal Building in Portland, Oregon. He studied at University of Pennsylvania where he received a Bachelor of Architecture, Master of Architecture, as well as an additional Master of Architecture from the Louis Kahn Studio. Cutler is also a Founder of the Bainbridge Island Land Trust, an organization that preserves valuable conservation land. 

Cutler’s passion for land conservation and his rigorous study of place through his work is a defining theme of the upcoming lecture. “Each project that we design is embedded in the circumstances of the place in which we erect the structure, the materials we use to create that structure, and the client’s visual and emotional goals,” says Cutler. “We believe in [studying, understanding, and then revealing the nature of these components], there is a wealth of opportunity to…amplify the understanding and emotional connection to the ‘whole’ of a project.”

Cutler’s love of the land was apparent from his early upbringing in northeastern Pennsylvania. He worked his way through college by building models for famed architect Peter Bohlin who became, and still is, his mentor. Once Cutler’s practice was established, they partnered together to win a design competition to design Bill Gates’ family estate near Seattle.

Through this lecture, Cutler will outline his design method through examples of his work. “Participants will learn the importance of site selection, program and materials and how each affects the final design…how the placement of public vs. private spaces within every project affect the building design.” His work can be seen in any of the four books published about Cutler Anderson Architects’ projects; most recently, “The Houses,” published by Oscar Riera Ojeda Publishing Ltd. in 2018.

Please join James Cutler as he shares his work and expertise that have enhanced the role of architecture and design in our society.

Sponsored by:

Roland Batten Memorial Fund
TruexCullins Architecture + Interior Design
UVM Department of Art & Art History


Simone Blaise-Glaunsinger