A Spotlight on one of Duda Paine's Founding Principals: Jeffrey Paine
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Founding Principal

Jeff sees the architectural process as an opportunity to expand the power and function of design. He is a facile leader and thinker, with a ‘long view’ of the impact of design on communities and economic growth. Jeff leads the technical execution of every Duda|Paine project. His focus on the dynamic contributions of client representatives, members of the design team and individuals at all levels of expertise ensures inclusion of the diverse perspectives that fuel the firm’s highly effective design process. He has led the design of iconic, transformational buildings for organizations and communities throughout the US and abroad.

Jeff is a frequent speaker at graduate programs in architecture, real estate development, and business and professional forums. He recently completed a four-week research project on the history, implications and influences of public spaces in architecture at the American Academy in Rome.


What originally attracted you to architecture and design?

My Grandmother’s first cousin was the founding partner of what today remains one of the largest A/E firm in New York City. ‘​Uncle Ralph’ was a talented designer and writer, and I believe, the only individual ​the AIA has ​named “Architect of the Century.” I was captivated by his ‘larger than life’ persona​, and he​ encouraged ​me to draw and ​to be creative.


What is your favorite aspect of practice? 

The social aspect of design and construction. I remain as fascinated today as I was at the beginning of my career ​by the interactive nature of the ​entire process.


What do you love in a client?

A professional adage ​says that an architect cannot design a great building without a great client. We’ve clearly been blessed with many wonderful clients who participate in the process and are open to new ways of thinking. It’s great fun too.


Anything else you’d like others to know about you?

I consider what I do as both creative expression and service to our clients and their communities. I try to live my life in a way that honors God and uses my gifts and talents.

Mentoring young architects to become the next generation of leaders, while engaging our clients and others in our design process, excites me as much as seeing each of our projects become a reality.