James Cummings, Aia

James Cummings, Aia

2 employees

About this pro

Since 1991, James Cummings AIA has worked with clients in a collaborative process of investigation and exploration to define, reveal, and express the essence of each project.

We provide a full range of service from concept design through construction administration to be sure that our client's get what they want and get what they pay for.



Since every client is different, it means that each project will be different as we work together to make the client's dreams come true.

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Washington, DC 20009
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What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

Build a relationship that will result in an excellent project that reflects the client's needs and aspirations: interview the client; collect existing conditions benefits and limitations; understand the local rules; manage the budget; propose options; get the best result possible.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

University of Maryland School of Architecture (summa cum laude)

Henry Adams Award

Alpha Rho Chi Prize

Do you have a standard pricing system for your services? If so, please share the details here.

Fees are designed to be appropriate to the client's limits and desires.  Standard options include: lump sum (limited scope); time-and-materials (unlimited scope); percentage-of-construction.

How did you get started in this business?

The combination of an appreciation of design, an interest in practical solutions to functional problems and construction challenges, and a desire to make a positive difference in the world led to a logical choice to pursue architecture as a career and business.

What types of customers have you worked with?

Residences, Churches, Restaurants, Condo Associations, and National Monuments.  Historic preservation is an optional speciality.

Describe a recent project you are fond of.

All of them; I like my clients and we produce excellent projects.

What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a pro in your area of expertise?

Make sure you get an Architect who is listening and cares about your desires.

What questions should customers think through before talking to pros about their needs?

The client is wholly responsible for defining: functional needs, budget, and descerning value when decisions are required.

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