James T. Best Architect + Associates engages in Residential and Commercial Architecture.
James received his Bachelor of Architecture Degree from Syracuse University. He started James T. Best Architects + Associates in 1976 and in the 1980's added Best Developing Co., a full service Construction Company.
  "We have no fixed architectural style, but pride
   ourselves in providing creative architectural
   solutions for clients, fulfilling both their
   aesthetic and functional needs."
Running these two companies gave him a thorough, hands-on understanding of the Design and Building processes from the perspective of both the Architect and Builder. In the mid-1990's, with this invaluable experience, he decided to return to practicing Architecture exclusively.
James' experience in fine arts, his close working relationships with other design professionals and his inherent attention to detail have enabled him to help clients comprehensively develop total living environments. He further incorporates an awareness of today's energy and environmental issues into his projects. In 1984, he designed his first passive solar building, a Zen Monastery, and is currently incorporating more energy efficiency and green design into his projects.
James T. Best Architect + Associates is responsible for the design of notable places of business in Fairfield and Westchester Counties, including the Inn at Pound Ridge, The Wine Connection, Plum Tree Japanese Restaurant and Koskoff, Koskoff & Bieder Law Offices.
James is a member of the American Institute of Architects, National Council of Architecture Registration Board and the Institute of Classical Architecture and Classical America and is licensed in New York, Connecticut and New Jersey. He has taught Design at Fairfield University. James has lived in Pound Ridge, NY for over 25 years.
James T. Best Architect and Associates is located in Pound Ridge, New York.
Projects include:
Residences
Restaurants
Retail stores
Law offices
Interiors
Pool Houses
Equestrian stables
Children's rooms
Decorative ironwork
Religious structures
Awards
The New York Concrete Industry Award of Merit for the "bold use of reinforced concrete construction, incorporating the sculptural qualities of concrete with its functional characteristics in a passive solar building."