Washington, DC—James W. O’Brien, FAIA, of New Brighton, MN, was installed on the Board of Directors for the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) during the organization’s June 2007 Annual Meeting and Conference in Denver, CO.
As the director for Region 4 (Mid Central Conference), O’Brien represents the following U.S. jurisdictions: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin. The Mid Central Conference elected O’Brien director in March 2007 during its spring meeting in Orlando, FL.
O’Brien and former NCARB president (1978), Lorenzo “Pete” Williams, FAIA, founded New Brighton-based Williams/O’Brien Associates, Inc. in 1962. During the first 20 years, the firm designed an extensive amount of multi-family housing for non-profit religious and neighborhood groups. In recent years, the firm has concentrated on religious and municipal facilities, including the new Catholic churches in Grand Rapids, MN, and St. Michael, MN, and the new Public Safety Facility and the City Hall remodeling in New Brighton, MN.
Registered to practice in Minnesota, O’Brien holds the NCARB Certificate for national reciprocity. He participated on two National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) teams that assessed the architectural curricula at the University of Illinois and the University of New Mexico.
In 2002, O’Brien was advanced to the American Institute of Architects’ College of Fellows—the highest honor the AIA bestows on its architect members—in recognition of his longstanding professional contributions. O’Brien attended the University of Minnesota where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in architecture in 1959, and a Bachelor of Architecture in 1961.