James J. Vernon

senior architect

Years of Experience


Professional Registration

  • Registered ArchitectVirginia


  • Bachelor of Science - Georgia Institute of Technology1983
  • Master of Architecture with Certificate in Historic Preservation - The University of Virginia1985
  • 2012 Virginia Rehabilitation CodeSeptember 2016

Jim Vernon has been with Architectural Partners since 1985. During his tenure with the firm, Jim has been responsible for design development and project management for a wide range of projects. He has had extensive experience providing architectural design, feasibility study, and master planning services for justice facilities and municipalities. Jim’s background and training in Historic Preservation in Virginia makes him particularly well suited for renovation or rehabilitation projects involving sensitive historic structures. As an architect, he values the Commonwealth’s architectural heritage, and enjoys generating creative solutions for housing new functions in older buildings without compromising the original design.

  • What one (or two) word(s) best describes you? Sinner-saved
  • If you could create an undiscovered Crayola crayon color, what would it be? Godlight
  • Who is your favorite fictional character? And Why? Jean Valjean from Les Miserables- a fleshed out portrayal of repeated, intentional, and integral self-denial for others
  • Other than Jesus, what person who walked the earth do you most admire? And Why? Jeremiah-knew God so well as to trust Him when his entire life’s work and message was consistently repulsed
  • What is your favorite quote? “He must increase, but I must decrease” – John the Baptist
  • What one hobby do you enjoy the most? Running
  • What charity do you deem most worthy? Missions
  • What person(s) have influenced your life the most?
  • If you were not involved in the architecture profession, what would you be doing? And Why? Volunteering-so many worthwhile ways to spend time