James Sterling Architect




Washington University, St. Louis, Mo.
Graduate School of Architecture and Planning
Master of Architecture – 1976.

Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine
Bachelor of Arts – 1972.

Maine Licensed Architect #1076 - 1980


Professional Experience

James Sterling has been in private practice since 1983. The focus of his work has been specialty housing for non-profit groups, private residences, and commercial clients. For the past 30 years, his practice has produced a broad range of projects, some simple and some complex, however, the purpose has always been to serve the client’s program in all regards with economy and efficiency.


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AIA Activities

President, AIA Maine 2001 – 2003.
MAIA Executive Committee – 1989 – 2004.
Chair, MAIA Awards Committee – 1993.
Contributing Editor, ‘MAIA Newsletter’.
Editor, MAIA Awards Catalogue – ’93, ’95, ’99, ’01.


The Maine Chapter of the American Institute of Architects Award for Excellence in Architecture – ’91, ’93, ’06, ’08
AIA New England Merit Award ’08
United Way of Greater Portland – Community Volunteer Special Project Award – 1993


Featured in Design New England magazine – 2009.
Featured in Maine Home Design magazine – 2008.
Celebrating the American Home, Joanne K. Bouknight, Taunton Press – 2005.
10×10, Phaidon Press Limited, London. (August 2000)
The New Cottage Home, James Tolpin, Taunton Press – 1998.
Built-in Furniture, James Talpin, Taunton Press – 1997.
“Reinventing the Cabin,” Down East – 1994.
“Island Architecture,” Maine Boats and Harbors -1993.
“Island Fireplaces,” The Squirrel Island Squid – 1991.
“What Goes Up Must Come Down,” Portland Press Herald – 1990.