James McDonald founded JMAA in 2009 with the ideal of providing unique design solutions to help clients create new spaces they can call home. McDonald and his team of 10 staff members work on projects ranging from modest renovations to grand estate homes. “The goal and design energy is the same,” McDonald says. “Every step of the way from our initial design process to the finished home, we work with clients to balance their wants and needs with their space and living requirements.”

Growing up in a community with a lot of construction happening around him, combined with seeing great European architecture at a young age, inspired McDonald’s enjoyment in the built environment. He and his team rely on extensive design and construction experience and an understanding of the market in leading clients towards the right solutions.

“The hardest thing to learn is how to listen, to hone in on what clients are looking for,” McDonald observes. “Every project begins with understanding their needs and wants. Our design charrette process allows us to explore different directions with them.”

Over the last couple of years, JMAA has received numerous Aurora awards and Great American Living Awards. A home designed by the firm was featured in The Washington Post.