Jim Burton, managing partner of the firm, graduated from Mississippi State University, where he studied under Chris Rischer and A.I.A gold medal winner Sam Mockbee. His unique experience has focused on experimentation with design build projects such as Studio Loggerheads and Boxhead both built as primary homes for the Burton family. These structures have also served as painting studios and exhibition space for his collections. He has received many design awards and has enjoyed lecturing and writing about the process that has produced a body of forward thinking sustainable projects. His research in new materials and technologies helped achieve the first LEED gold house in the southeast United States. Believing community and culture are integral parts of sustainable design, Jim serves on the board of directors for two local charities and a regional community branch of BB&T Bank.


1990  Mississippi State University, Bachelor of Architecture / Minor in Art

1979-1981  Longwood College, Art Major / Civil Engineering

Architectural Practice

1999 – Present  Carter + Burton Architecture, P.L.C., Berryville, VA 

1996-1999  PSC Architecture and Design, Berryville, VA

1990-1996  Andrew Stuart / William Turnure Architects, Middleburg, VA

1989  Gordon and Associates – Civil Engineers, Reston, VA

1987  KTA Planning and Design, Nashville, TN

Teaching Experience

2011  "Second Modern" Lecture at Southern Polytechnic State University

2009  Lecture at Virginia Tech's interior design school sustainability club "Sustainable materials and systems influence on design" - Yoga Studio

2008  Lecture at Viginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

2000  Lecture and Juror, Mississippi State University & "2000 Fellowship Award"

1996  Team Leader, AIA Student Design/Build Competition for Homeless Shelters, AIA National Headquarters, Washington, DC.

1995  House Design Lecture, Southern Tech, Atlanta, GA

1987  Thesis Juror and Critic at Omore Design College, Nashville, TN

Professional Affiliations

  • Licensed Architect - Commonwealth of Virginia
  • Licensed Architect - District of Columbia
  • Registered Architect - State of West Virginia
  • Licensed Architect - New York State
  • American Institute of Architects, Northern Virginia Chapter
  • AIA Virginia

Community Service

  • Member of Committee to establish Patsy Cline Museum in Winchester, VA