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Jim Yarrington, RIT Architecture

Jim Yarrington, AIA

Adjunct Professor of Architecture and Director of Planning & Design at RIT


Adjunct Associate Professor James Yarrington assumed his position at RIT after twenty years of private practice in Cambridge Massachusetts, and principally in Rochester, New York. He holds an BA from Eisenhower College and a Master of Architecture degree from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University.

Jim’s professional work covers a broad spectrum ranging from private homes to institutional buildings and historic preservation. His firm developed particular expertise in adaptive re-use and additions to existing structures including registered landmarks. He has served on numerous civic and non-profit boards, including the City of Rochester Project Review Committee, The DePaul Agencies, and The Landmark Society of Western New York, where he is an Emeritus Trustee and Past President. He has particular expertise in American architectural history and the historic architecture of Upstate New York and has authored two books and several articles related to architectural history and design.

At RIT, Yarrington has led the design and implementation of over one-half billion dollars of campus renovations, additions, new buildings, and landscape and infrastructural improvements. Jim served on the Steering Committee which conceived of RIT’s Sustainable Architecture program and joined the faculty in Spring of 2013.