Jennings, Jim

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To download a list of projects by this architect in an Excel spreadsheet, see the Project Index. For instructions on interpreting the Project Index, see The Guide to the Project Index. See the Jim Jennings Collection Finding Aid at the Online Archive of California.

Jim Jennings portraitJim Jennings (1940-)

Jim Jennings was born in 1940 in Santa Barbara, California but grew up in and around Los Angeles. There he was exposed to L.A.’s modernist architecture and witnessed the post-war construction of the surrounding L.A. suburbs. Following his father’s death when he was seven, his family moved to the orange groves in Redlands, CA. Living and later working on farms instilled in him an appreciation for the land that would later come to define his work as an architect.

Jennings enrolled at the University of California, Berkeley in engineering. However, he quickly switched to the architecture program, graduating in 1966 with a Bachelor of Architecture. Jim became a registered architect in California in 1971 and founded Jim Jennings Architecture in 1975. In 1980, he partnered with William Stout to form Jennings + Stout, but parted ways in 1986 and the firm became Jim Jennings Arkhitekture. The recipient of numerous awards, Jennings has taught, lectured, and had his work exhibited at venues across the United States. He became a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects in 2016 and continues to practice in San Francisco.

The Jim Jennings Collection spans the years 1969-2014 and documents Jennings’s career as an architect and the projects of his firms. The Collection is organized into four Series: Personal Papers, Professional Papers, Office Records, and Project Records. The Project Records make up the bulk of the Collection and document design projects. They include correspondence, specifications, meeting notes, sketches, photographs, and architectural drawings.