Design services throughout
the Rocky Mountains for over 14 years.
James F. Atkinson – Principal
James Atkinson is an accomplished designer with more than 18 years of experience in the design of high end housing and commercial buildings in the Rocky Mountain Region. He started his career in Colorado, working with Charles Cunniffe Architects, one of the top residential architects in the western United States, so as to get the best experience he could while focusing on starting his own firm in the Flathead Valley, Montana in which he grew up. He is currently practicing in Whitefish, Montana and has been operating a firm there, J Designs, for more than 13 years. His design work focuses on the use of natural materials utilizing as many resources from the site as possible. Specializing in timber and log-framed residences, Mr. Atkinson has always focused on a strict client based design with emphasis on their needs and requests and has had numerous return clients spurring from this methodology. In the last few years, he has been focusing on using more implementation of environmentally conscience methods of design and building. By the use of passive solar, various LEED standard practices and many different earth friendly products, he has been able to a serve his clients in both their particular “green” requests and bring in their project within budget.
Masters of Architecture from Montana State University, 2008
Bachelors of Architecture from Montana State University, 1996
Elk Highlands at Big Mountain Architectural Review Board, 2004 – 2007
Selected Professional Honors
Best Architectural Appeal (along with 6 other awards) Flathead Builder’s Association “Parade of Homes”, 2012
Excellence in Design Award, Glacier Village Design Review Committee, 2002
- 2012 FLATHEAD BUILDER’S ASSOCIATION “PARADE OF HOMES” AWARDS FOR THE SUGARBOWL RETREAT LOCATED IN THE IRON HORSE SUBDIVISION HERE IN WHITEFISH. ...>>>
- 2012 FLATHEAD BUILDER’S ASSOCIATION “PARADE OF HOMES” AWARDS FOR THE “MEADOW VIEWS AT THE TIMBERS RESIDENCE” LOCATED IN THE TIMBERS SUBDIVISION HERE IN WHITEFISH. ...>>>
What You Can Expect from us
Initial design meetings
with the owner to plan every
detail of your project. We finalize
the design prior to the construction documents.
will communicate your design to the contractor and sub contractors.
will guide and facilitate the
construction process to completion of your project.
Regular visits to the
to clarify any issues with the contractor and to insure compliance with the owners program.