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Male, US, born 1949-10-12

Associated with the firms network

Cutler Anderson Architects, PLLC; Cutler James, Architects; Lindal Cedar Homes, Incorporated

Professional History


Principal, James L. Cutler, Architect, Bainbridge Island, WA, 1977-2001. By 2001, the firm was known as "Cutler Architects."

Partner, Cutler Anderson Architects, PLLC, Seattle, WA, 2001-present; from at least 1993 until the present, the Cutler and Cutler Anderson offices were located at 135 Parfitt Way SW, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110. (Tel: 206.842.4710)


Critic and Design Instructor, University of Pennsylvania (Penn), Philadelphia, PA, 1973-1974.

Critic and Design Instructor, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 1978-1987.

Critic and Design Instructor, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 1993.

Friedman Professorship in Architecture, Critic and Design Instructor, University of California, Berkeley, CA, 1999.

Pietro Belluschi Distinguished Visiting Professor, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, 1999.

Bruce Goff Chair of Creative Architecture, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK, 2002.

Artist-in-Residence, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, 2004.

Professional Activities

In 2005, Cutler was a Registered Architect in WA, NY, AK, and HI; in 2014, he was a registered architect in the States of WA, NY, AK, HI, TN, MT, RI, NC, and CT.

Professional Awards

Fellow, American Institute of Architects (FAIA).

According to the Cutler Anderson web site in 2014: "Dedicated to design excellence, Cutler Anderson Architects has received six National Honor Awards from the American Institute of Architects and over 40 national and regional design awards." (See Cutler "About Cutler-Anderson Architects,"accessed 03/20/2014.)



B.A., University of Pennsylvania (Penn), Philadelphia, PA, 1971.

M.Arch., Penn, Philadelphia, PA, 1973.

M.Arch., Louis I. Kahn Studio Program, 1974.

College Awards

Recipient, Dale Traveling Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania (Penn), Philadelphia, PA.

Recipient, James Smythe Turner Prize, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.

Recipient, Edward Spayed Brooke Medal, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.



From at least the 1980s-on, Cutler maintained his office and lived on Bainbridge Island, WA.


Cutler married Pamela West, whom he divorced.

He wed Beth Anson Wheeler on 10/06/2002 in Kitsap County, WA. (See, Source Citation Washington State Archives; Olympia, Washington, accessed 08/02/2019.)

Cutler was born c. 1950. He designed two model houses for Lindal Cedar Homes, a Tukwila, WA-based builder of prefabricated houses, c. 2004;

Associated Locations

  • Wilkes-Barre, PA (Architect's Birth)
    Wilkes-Barre, PA

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PCAD id: 2399

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