J A M E S W A L T E R
S C H I L D R O T H
JAMES WALTER SCHILDROTH, ORGANIC ARCHITECT of MAINE
Architecture inspired by my clients and the challenging sites on the coast of Maine since 1970.
HISTORY TIME LINE
This site is offered in support of the cause of Organic Architecture. Frank Lloyd Wright, Bruce Goff and many other architects have influenced the Principles expressed in the architecture I have designed and built.
Architecture has been the focus of my life since I was eight years old. As a member of the Frank Lloyd Wright Taliesin Fellowship, I learned to create original design. This learning continues as I add experience with practice.
At my drawing board in the Hillside Drafting Room, Spring Green, Wisconsin during the Reunion of the Taliesin Fellowship.
The timeline HISTORY of James Walter Schildroth, Architect.
Born Detroit, Michigan January 12, 1940
Grew up living in houses built by my Father, on the shore of Silver Lake near Traverse City, Michigan.
1958 Graduate: Traverse City High School
1959 Northwestern Michigan College
1959-1961 Member of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, Taliesin Fellowship
1961-1966 Graduate: University of Oklahoma, Bachelor of Architecture
1961-1970 Professional experience with Architectural Firms
1969 Passed the NCARB National registration examination as Architect
1970 Registration as Architect: Wisconsin, Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire
James Walter Schildroth Associates, Architects: Founded 1970. Continuous practice to present date. First office space shared with Frank Dameron Leach, Architect, Middleton, Wisconsin.
June 8, 1971: Open Maine office in Wiscasset. A 250 square foot store front on Water Street.
June 1972: Move into 1200 square foot office at 15 Federal Street , second floor of the Stacy House, Wiscasset.
1994 Move office from Federal Street to Lee Street, Wiscasset, Maine.
1996 First computer and taught myself the programs.
1998 Build my own web site and publish it on the world wide web.
1999-to present: Board of Directors, Friends of Kebyar
1999 First Client finds me on the World Wide Web.
July 16, 1999 Register web site URL www.schildrotharchitect.com
1999 Buy lap top computer and travel for three months in the USA by car. I am able to practice at distance and keep in contact by e-mail.
2000-2015 Vice president of the Board of Directors, Friends of Kebyar
2000 Begin learning Computer Aided Design, DATA CAD 8.5 by designing a house. On September 16th I present the design to my client on the computer screen at my studio in Wiscasset.
2000 James Schildroth's Architectural practice is totally electronic and mobile. Nearly all functions of practice are accomplished using computer programs. Nearly all communications are via e-mail or via my web site. I still do hand renderings and sketches for my clients.
2004 Working with clients at distance we have successfully completed several projects sending drawings electronically via e-mail using PDF format.
Spring of 2007 Adjunct Professor at University of Maine at Augusta, The B.A. in Architecture Program, Arc 489 Tuesday 4 to 6:45 PM, Design Principles and Process of Organic Architecture
Since 2010 I work in Wiscasset, Maine from March to December and Cedar Key, Florida January to March.
My office files and work go with me in a laptop.
Since 1988 I have focused my practice on the design of one of a kind residential architecture. This work requires that client, architect and builder work in a three way partnership. Design begins at our first meeting and continues to be refined throughout construction, as these wonderful houses become built realities.
Lectures and teaching:
University of Maine at Augusta, Architectural Studies Program: Review of student design projects since 1990.
Spring of 2007 Adjunct Professor at University of Maine at Augusta, The B.A. in Architecture Program, Arc 489 Tuesday 4 to 6:45 PM, Design Principles and Process of Organic Architecture.
November 1, 1990 Organic Architecture: Evening talks with the Architect at his office on Federal Street, Wiscasset, Maine. Thursday evening on four successive weeks.
THE CREATIVE PROCESS
WHAT IS ORGANIC ARCHITECTURE
UNDERSTANDING FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT, HIS PHILOSOPHY AND HIS ARCHITECTURE
DISCOVER THE HOUSE WITHIN YOU.
November 3, 1993 Lecture with slides of my architecture. Wentworth Institute of Technology, Architecture Department, Boston, Mass. Titled: "The Organic Practice"
April 12, 1994, Lecture: Bowdoin Jung Seminar, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine. Titled " Taoism and the Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright"
January 11, 1998, Lecture: C. G. Jung Center for Studies in Analytical Psychology, Brunswick, Maine. Titled "The Creative Mind"
April 17, 2001, Illustrated lecture, Bowdoin College Jung Seminar, Brunswick, Maine. Titled "The Creative Process and the Collective Unconscious: Where do Ideas Come From?"
Mentoring students: Since 2001 I have spent one day a week Mentoring Students at my studio. I usually can take from one to three at a time. They are involved in the on going work in the office and on site construction. They help where they can with my work and the lessons are in all phases of architectural practice.
See Apprenticeship page for information regarding on line mentoring.
The process of working with a creative architect in the design of your home may be one of the most rewarding experiences you will have in life.
James Walter Schildroth, Architect
JAMES WALTER SCHILDROTH, ARCHITECT
LEE STREET STUDIO
P. O. Box 275
WISCASSET, MAINE 04578-0275
There is so much SPAM these days so if you are sending me an e-mail for the first time put something in the subject line like "ORGANIC" so I don't delete it with all the SPAM. I do want to hear from you. Thanks, James Schildroth.