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When did you know you wanted to be an architect and what motivated you?

I was born an architect, never saw this as a choice. By age 6, I built scale models of homes with LEGOs, lighting them with miniature lights and placed them on hillsides of dirt I built in the backyard. During junior high, my bedroom became a drafting studio and I invited my friends to help draw and design homes and motels. My parents encouraged me along the way and I remember my mom taking me to a neighbor’s design studio to see his architectural work. I was particularly drawn to a home he had designed based on a geometric pattern with Frank Lloyd Wrights’ influence. That visit reinforced my architectural aspirations.

What services do you offer?

A full 90 percent of our work is residential from well recognized high-end custom homes to multi-family, mixed-use, as well as a selection of home plans offered in house and on our web site. The balance of our work has included restaurant,office and corporate office,Warehouse,Pre- school and day care,and retail build out. We also have extensive experience in remodels, additions, and renovation projects.

What projects are you most proud of ?

Other projects I am always proud of are the homes I build for my clients on a very tight budget.

Do you have an architectural style you prefer or are known for?

Personally, I prefer more unique, contemporary and modern architectural styles. Professionally, I have no commitment to any one style that many architects become known for. I approach the varied architectural styles with each and every project; from Old English Farmhouse, Shingle Style, Ultra Modern to Mountain Contemporary, by studying the past Influences and history of each. This helps ensure that the final design reflects a true, albeit “updated” representation to stand the test of time, and not be trendy.

What words do people use to describe your work ?

Sensible, personable,comfortable, captured views, natural light,open, practical,harmonious proprtions, and geometric art.

What is the most exciting new product or development in your field?

Most recently, I have to say the LED light. It is one thing to design good architecture,yet another to light it well. They say good lighting is that which the source of the lighting cannot be seen. LED lighting can light spaces that were
Difficult at best to light previously.

Whats on top of your list as a great getaway?

My home town;Traverse City, Michigan;a world destination four seasons tourist mecca and home base for quick day trips to The Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes, Mackinaw Island, and numerous small fishing villages along the coast. In the past 3 years, this town has made most every top 10 good list you can think of.

“ONE PROJECT I’M MOST PROUD OF IS THE DEER VALLEY CLUB. THAT PROJECT ENABLED ME TO OPEN MY OWN DESIGN FIRM. IN THREE YEARS I WATCHED IT EVOLVE FROM MY INITIAL DESIGN CONCEPTS THROUGH FINAL CONSTRUCTION.”

Is there a local building(s) you most admire?

The 1890s Salt Lake City and County building with its amazing architecture, carvings, and grand staircases. I always stop and admire the grandeur of it all each time I visit. Conversely; the modern Salt Lake City Libray directly to the east is an architectural marvel as well in its unique design and “grand staircase” to the roof top garden.

Do you have a favorite sport and what do you enjoy about it?

Downhill skiing. Started when I was in my teens being raised in the ski capital of the midwest, continued to enjoy and teach it here in Utah, and engage in it every chance I get.

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Founded in 1990, James Carroll & Associates is an architectural design firm that offers day-to-day service for large or small projects covering a wide geographical area. The firm keeps abreast of the ever-changing technology, always looking to perfect their ability to manage and design projects long distance; this commitment allows James Carroll & Associates to offer their services without compromising quality. Dedicated to solving their clients’ problems, James Carroll, the firm’s founder, understands that personal service, quality control, and follow-up are key to a more-than-satisfactory job. They are also sure signs of a James Carroll & Associates project.