Firm History


James Gipson Architect was founded in 1973, in Eagle, Idaho. Over the years we have successfully completed hundreds of projects for many clients, in many areas of Western America. Our work includes:

  • 1) Commercial and Professional Buildings
    2) Churches, and Public Buildings
    3) Multi-Family Housing Projects
    4) Residential Projects (single-family homes, and addition-remodel projects).

In the 1980’s we expanded our operations, and for several years maintained a branch office in Walnut Creek, California, to serve our California clients. We also were among the first architectural firms in Idaho to fully utilize computer aided drafting (CADD) methods for producing our work. We have diligently pursued continuing education in many areas, including energy efficiency, environmentally friendly design, trends in residential design, senior housing, and professional practice.


Several of our designs have received awards and recognition for energy efficiency, design excellence, innovative planning, and community beautification. Many of our homes have been featured in various home shows, and have received high recognition for excellence in residential design.


Our firm is purposely small, allowing appropriate personal attention to each project. In addition to James, the owner and principal architect, we have a business manager, two professional architectural designers, and a bookkeeper. Additionally, we maintain continuing relationships with structural, mechanical, electrical consultants, to form a professional team capable of providing excellent service.


James Gipson is a published author, the best known work being an article entitled “Who Needs an Architect ?.” Currently, James is researching and planning publications on the design and construction of early church and residential buildings of Southern Idaho.




Personal History


Caldwell, Idaho, Senior High School, 1961
University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho (Architecture), 1961-1964
University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, 1967-1968
Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, Graduate School of Design, 1998.
Continuing education in professional practice, environmental design, residential design, planning for senior living, energy conservation, solar heating and lighting techniques, modern architectural production methods.


Professional Experience
Principal Architect and owner of James Gipson Architect, Eagle, Idaho, since 1973
Associate Architect with CSHQA, Boise, Idaho, 1969-1973
Architectural designer at JG Jacobson Associates, Seattle, Washington, 1968-1969
Architectural drafter with Keith Nissen, Architect, Seattle, Washington, 1967-1968
Architectural drafter with Dean Bryant Vollendorf, Two Rivers, Wisconsin, 1963


Architectural Registration
Certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, Washington, DC.
Current active registration in Idaho and Oregon. Inactive registrations in California, Washington, Utah, Nevada, Arizona.


Raised in Caldwell, Idaho; married to Betty Gipson, parents of adult children, with grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Actively involved in Church and community affairs. Experience as a youth and Scout leader, served on Eagle Design Review Board, Eagle Fire District Committee, Boise City Landscape Subcommittee.
Special interests include travel to places of architectural importance, listening to good music, reading, visiting the ocean beaches (collecting beach agates), physical fitness, and being with the family !