Cutler Anderson Architecture

Bainbridge Island, Washington


Since 1977, Cutler Anderson Architects (formerly James Cutler Architects) has attempted to execute projects that respond to the unique combination of Program, Place and Budget. Our approach to design can be stated simply as an attempt to reveal the nature of every circumstance; the nature of the institution that we house, the significance of the place in which it is located, and the power of the materials with which we build. With 300+ residential, commercial, and cultural projects around the world, the firm has received six AIA National Honor Awards and over 50 other national and regional design awards. In addition to architectural design, Cutler Anderson Architects has designed a myriad of home products in conjunction with its architecture; including hardware, furniture and lighting.

Born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, James earned a Bachelor of Arts and a Master’s in Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania, then earned a second Master’s Degree from the Louis I. Kahn Studio Program (1974).

Since 1977, he has been principal of his own design firm, Cutler Anderson Architects (formerly James Cutler Architects), on Bainbridge Island, Washington. The firm of fourteen has received six National Honor Awards from the American Institute of Architects and over 50 national and regional design awards.

Frequently a juror for design competitions, James has taught architectural design courses for Dartmouth College, Harvard Graduate School of Design, Universities of California at Berkeley, Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, Washington, Oregon and Middlebury College.

In 2015, Jim was inducted as a National Academician to the National Academy Museum & School in New York City. He is honored to join fellow members Maya Lin, I.M. Pei, Richard Meier, Frank Gehry and many more.


January 2017 - Wallpaper*
Rock House


2017 - Wallpaper* Design Awards
Winner - Best Cabin