Jim Righter started ART’s predecessor firm, James Volney Righter Architects, in 1971 and was a founding partner of Albert Righter & Tittmann Architects. His excitement for history and the vernacular, his witty design instincts, and his infectious enthusiasm for drawing and learning have been flagship tenets of ART since its inception in 1996. For Jim, the most successful architecture emerges from the confluence of a widely varied array of ideas.

Jim received an AB from Harvard and an MArch from Yale. He taught design to Yale undergraduates for fifteen years. He is an active member of the Boston Athenaeum, serving on its board since 1990. Jim is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.

Jim lives in Boston and in Mattapoisett, Massachusetts, with his wife, Sandy.



Albert, Righter & Tittmann Architects, 1996–present
James Volney Righter Architects, Boston, 1971–1995

American Institute of Architects, Fellow of the AIA
Boston Society of Architects
Society of Architectural Historians: New England Chapter: Director, 1986-1989


Trinity Church, Boston: Building Committee, 1991–2004
Boston Athenaeum: Proprietor & Trustee, 1990–present
Yale: Visiting Critic in Architectural Design, 1969–84


Yale MArch, 1970
Harvard AB, 1960