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JAMES (JIM) L. CUTLER, FAIA (1949-)

Cutler grew up in Kingston PA. He has BA and MA architecture degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied under Louis Kahn. He founded James Cutler Architects in 1977 in Bainbridge Island WA. Bruce Anderson later joined and the firm became Cutler Anderson. Cutler also designs house products including hardware, lighting, and furniture. Cutler is an active juror for design competitions, lecturer at major architecture schools and events, and was a founding member of the Bainbridge Island Land Trust. His most famous house was for Bill and Melinda Gates, listed under partner Bohlin Cywinski Jackson.


1979 - The James Daubenberger House, 1042 Turtleback Lane, Port Townsend WA. Sold in 2009. Won a AIA Seattle Honor Award.


1980 - 6240 NE Tolo Road, Bainbridge Island WA. 4.78 acres. 1792 sf. Sold in 2017 to Niele Gillooly and Foster Careen.


1984 - The Jim and Lucille Parker Residence, 5949 Rose Loop NE, Bainbridge Island WA. Converted from a net drying shed in an old industrial harbor. Won an AIA National Design Award. Sold in 2018.


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1987 - The Virginia Bloedel and Bagley Wright Guest House, 134 Huckleberry Trail, Seattle WA. Main house designed by Arthur Erickson. Featured in Architectural Record Houses of 1989. Built by Charter Construction; photo by Peter Aaron; structural engineer, Greg Hiatt. Sold to Richard Weisman.


1987 - The Tom and Lila Schmidt House, 141 Bachelor Road, Sequim WA. Built by Alford.  Sold in 2018.  


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Around 1988 - The George Gale Cool House, aka Bridge House, 4411 Point White Drive NE, Bainbridge Island WA. Featured in Architectural Record Houses of 1989. Built by James McDonald Kennedy; photo by Peter Aaron; structural engineer, Greg Hiatt. Still owned by Cool as of 2021.


1992 - 9701 SW Harbor Drive, Vashon WA. Sold in 2016. Status unknown. 


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1994 - The Elinor and John Paulk House, 6519 Jermar Lane NW, Seabeck WA. Structural, Ratti Swenson Purvix; photo, Art Grice; built by Pleasant Beach Construction. Still in the Paulk family as of 2019. 


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1998 - The Barbara Wood and Bill Schlaer House, Vashon Island WA. Landscape design, Verdegris; built by Pete Crocker.  Status unknown.


1999 - aka Pine Forest Cabin, Winthrop WA. Structural engineer, Monte Clark; built by Bjornsen; photos by Art Grice. Won an AIA National Honor Award; AIA Seattle Honor Award; AIA Pacific Northwest Merit Award; American Wood Council Merit Award.


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2001 - The Richard Preston House, aka Freestone Farm, 318 Hopewell Amwell Road, Hopewell NJ. Sold in 2023.


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2001 - The Loel Fenwick House, aka Tanglefoot, 100 Waterbird Landing, Coolin ID. Project architects, Lee Braun and David Wagner; structural, Coffman Engineers; built by Humble Homes; photos, Art Grice. Status unknown.


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Around 2001 - The Tom and Sally Reeve Residence, aka Lopez Island Residence, 778 Flint Road, Lopez Island WA. Structural engineers, Coffman; interiors, Susan Okamoto; built by Russet Construction. Won an AIA Seattle Award; AIA Sunset Magazine Western Home Award; Wood Design Honor Award. Featured in Architectural Record Houses of 2002.


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2003 - The Long Residence, Orcas Island WA. Built by Alford; structural engineer, Coffman. A guesthouse was built down the hill, project architect Chad Harding. Won an AIA Seattle Merit Award; American Wood Council Honor Award; AIA Sunset/Magazine Merit Award.


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2003 - aka Mallorca Residence, Puerto D'Andratx, Mallorca, Spain. Status unknown.


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2005 - The Barry Schuler / Meteor Vineyards Residence, Guest House, and Study Building, 2181 3rd Avenue, Napa CA. 1200sf. Top 2 photos by Art Grice.


2005 - aka Ohana Guest House, 52-4755 Akoni Pule Highway, Kapaau HI. Structural engineer, Jerome Madden; built by Clayton Turnbull. Featured in Architectural Record Houses of 2007. Sold in 2015.


2005 - The Susan Orlean and John Gillespie House, 79 McNeil Road, Pine Plains NY. 56 acres. Sold in 2021.


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2007 - The Karen Starns and Jeffrey Edwards House, aka Kirkland House, 4525 112th Avenue NE, Kirkland WA. Deeded in 2013 to Karen Starns. Deeded in 2019 to Karen Starns and Paul Stoddart.


2008 - aka Sonoma Coast House, CA. Won an AIA Seattle Honor Award.


2011 - The Dennis Awtrey House Bed and Breakfast, 38245 James Road, Nehalem OR. Commissioned in 2008.  Dennis Awtrey was the general contractor.   


2013 - aka Newberg House, Newberg OR. Built on a pond by R&H; photos, Jeremy Bitterman.


2014 - 2737 107th Avenue Southeast, Beaux Arts Village WA.


 

2016 - aka Connecticut Residence, somewhere in CT. Status unknown. Off-grid.




2016 - The James Cutler Studio Bunkhouse, Bainbridge Island WA.  An off-grid office for Cutler.  Won a AIA National Small Projects Award.


2020 - The Jack Mueller House, aka Oregon Beach House, 87046 Vesta Street, Bandon OR. 2445 sf. Structural, Madden Baughman; built by Harmon; interior design, Beth Wheeler; photos, Jeremy Bitterman. Featured in Architectural Record Houses of 2021.


Year unknown - aka House in Pribram, Czech Republic.



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Year unknown - aka House in Hood River OR. Structural engineers, Coffman; built by Tim Huberd; landscape design by Steve Koch.


Sources include: Architectural Record.