Jamie Devol, AIA

Memberships

American Institute of Architects

Boston Society of Architects

National Trust for Historic Preservation

The Society of Architectural Historians

Northeast Sustainable Energy Association

The American Farmland Trust (and other conservation organizations)

Winchester Design Review Committee (chair)


“In the end, our society will be defined not only by what we create,
but by what we refuse to destroy." John Sawhill

I am a registered architect and an artist, with a long-time interest in sustainable design and American vernacular architecture. I earned a Bachelor of Science with highest honors from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Architectural Studies and a Master of Architecture from MIT. Before establishing my own practice, I was an Associate at The Architects Collaborative in Cambridge, where I worked on a variety of local and international projects, as well as grant-funded research in energy conservation and natural lighting. I prepared drawings for the historic reconstruction of the demolished West Wing of Boston's South Station, and was Project Architect for the emergency room renovation and the house officers' room addition at Children's Hospital Medical Center, Boston. I was also Project Architect for the Olin Arts Center at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, which won the Louis I. Kahn Citation. The national award noted that:

The design is successful in bringing together a variety of functions. It is well-executed on a humanistic scale -- gallery and studios are delightful. Building entries and floor levels are integrated with the topography of the site. The center serves nicely for the dual use of community and college. (American School and University)

I offer residential and small commercial design services, and renovation/reuse consulting. I enjoy working on older buildings, solving problems within the confines of existing structures, as well as designing additions that complement the original in scale, materials, details, and workmanship. I also design new buildings in keeping with the setting, natural or built.

I work closely with clients, listen carefully to their ideas, and create several design options, from minimal but elegant solutions to the more ambitious. Throughout the design and construction drawing process, I work to optimize function and comfort; beauty and a sense of place; structural integrity; energy and resource conservation; and a connection to the outside through views, natural lighting, and ventilation.

In addition, I work with advocacy groups to save endangered historic structures, illustrating how older buildings can be adapted to accommodate contemporary uses and codes. The advocacy work has been both pro-bono and funded through grants from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. My design solutions guided the restoration of Lincoln School in Winchester, MA, allowing continued use of this 1904 Beaux Arts structure as a revitalized school in the town center. The decision to restore the L. D. Batchelder School in North Reading, MA, was also aided by my design, prepared for the preservation advocacy group in that town. My work on the Lincoln School was cited as a case study in A Community Guide to Saving Older Schools, published by The National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Jamie Devol, AIA
7 Dix Terrace,
Winchester, MA 01890
(781) 721-7574
jdevol_AIA@msn.com