Jim Curtin, AIA


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University of Notre Dame
Bachelor of Architecture

Jim Curtin is a nationally recognized expert in the planning and design of higher education facilities and leads SCB Chicago’s Campus Environments practice. Jim believes in creating buildings that offer users opportunities for dynamic engagement within a structured environment. His designs foster a sense of community, promote connection and interaction, and are responsive to evolving trends that enhance student success. In his 30+ year career, Jim has worked on campuses across the country, designing spaces and places that are unique, sustainable, and responsive to their environment.

Jim is a frequent presenter at national education conferences and contributes regularly to industry publications. He has received numerous awards and recognitions for his work including the Parthenon Society Award for the Association of College and University Housing Officers International (ACUHO-I), a SCUP/AIA-CAE Honor Award for Excellence in Architecture for Restoration or Preservation for Manzanita Hall at Arizona State University, numerous Student Housing Business Innovator awards, and the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Philadelphia Award for Excellence for The Summit at University City at Drexel University.

Jim is as a founding member of ACUHO-I’s 21st Century Project, a national effort to envision the future of student housing. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects, the Society for Campus and University Planning (SCUP), and serves on the Board of Regents and Executive Board for Mercy Home for Boys & Girls. Jim received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Notre Dame.