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Jason Boutin, AIA, CPHD, LEED AP

Partner

Jason is the firm's managing partner, focusing on developing and enhancing the components of the firm's practice. Before joining the firm in 2000, he worked for New York's Butler Rogers and Baskett where he gained significant experience in commercial and institutional projects. Jason enjoys engaging with complex design challenges and the collaborative nature of an architectural project. He brings those interests to bear on many of the firm's projects as a facilitator, fascinated equally with the design process and the synergies that emerge in building a cohesive team.

Beyond the traditional practice of architecture, Jason is also keen on understanding and working with the relationship between community and the built environment. As a LEED Accredited Professional and a Certified Passive House Designer, he helped establish the firm's sustainability practices. And for the past 10 years, as a District Committee member, he worked with local council members to organize and implement Participatory Budgeting in New York City.

Jason currently resides in Park Slope with his wife and two boys, and is active in the running community, serving as the Board Chair for the Prospect Park Youth Running Club, a non-profit athletic club in Brooklyn. Jason was born in Burlington, Vermont and has called New York City home since graduating from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1994, with Bachelor of Science in Building Design and a Bachelor of Architecture. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects and is currently the Secretary of the Brooklyn AIA. He holds a certificate from the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards.

The Proust Questionnaire

Taking inspiration from a popular nineteenth-century parlor game, we sat down with each member of our team and asked them a few questions about their inspirations and aspirations.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Acceptance.

What is your greatest fear?

The environmental legacy we’re leaving future generations.

What is your greatest extravagance?

Upgrades of all kinds when traveling.

What talent would you most like to have?

The talent to be a polyglot.

What is your favorite color?

Blue. Right now in particular a kind of clay/slate blue.

What is your favorite virtue?

Courage.

Which living architect or designer do you most admire?

Tie: Renzo Piano and Alvaro Siza.

Which dead architect or designer do you most admire?

Balkrishna Doshi.

What is the trait that you most appreciate in a building?

Timelessness.

What is your favorite type of project to work on?

The ones that start with ‘wicked problems.’

Who is your favorite author?

Toni Morrison.

Who is your hero of fiction?

The Fabulous Mr. Fox.

Who is your favorite artist?

Winslow Homer – maybe.

Which historical figure do you most identify with?

John Muir.

What is your most treasured possession?

Whatever it was, I’ve probably lost it already.

Where would you like to live?

Outside of NYC? – On the western side of Sicily.

What quality do you most admire in others?

Tenaciousness.

Stranded on a desert island, you have two books in your possession. What are they?

The Count of Monte Cristo. A big comprehensive atlas.