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American Architects Directories:
Biographical listing in 1970 American Architects Directory
Biographical information:
Contributed by the Environmental Design Archives, University of California, Berkeley:
James Ream was born in Summit NJ in 1929. He received his Bachelor in Architecture from Cornell University with further study at the Pratt Institute in New York and in Italy at the University of Rome. He began practicing as a project designer for Eero Saarinen in 1957 in Michigan and then practiced in Colorado from 1959 until 1965. Ream came to San Francisco in 1966 and served as Chief of Design for John Carl Warnecke & Associates. He opened his own firm in 1969. His firm has completed a variety of industrial, transportation, religious, commercial, civic, and residential commissions. His design project include: the Pasadena Conference Center, Hennepin County Courts Building in Minneapolis, Denver Convention Center, the San Jose Arena, Vail Transportation Center, Vail CO, and the First Presbyterian Church in Berkeley, CA. He is a Fellow of the AIA.


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Environmental Design Archives, University of California, Berkeley

Collection Number: 2001-10. Extent: 1 box, 22 rolls of drawings.
This collection, which spans the years 1965-1997, consists of drawings, photographs, slides, professional papers and articles/press releases/tear sheets relating to the architectural career of James Ream. It includes work that he did when he was with the firm John Carl Warnecke & Associates, as well as work done later by his own firm. The collection is organized in two series: professional papers (after 1997), and project records (1965-1996).
The professional papers consist entirely of one file that contains a resume, biographical statement, list of design awards received, list of publications, a chronology and list of projects designed.
The project series includes drawings for the homes of several clients, a few commercial and religious designs, several entries in architectural competitions, and one proposal for the project, A New Cliff House. There are also photographs and slides of planned projects, models, and completed projects. In the case of the Ross residence in Englewood, Colorado, there are photographs taken by a staff photographer from the Denver Post. In addition, there are photocopies of relevant newspaper/magazine articles, tear sheets, and written project descriptions for most projects.
For further information contact the Environmental Design Archives