As a life student of good design, Jim Baker has experienced many sides of the architecture and construction industry - from draftsman to designer, manufacturers’ advocate and building code lobbyist. Today, as President of McNeill Baker Design Associates, Jim uses his multi-faceted expertise to create homes and communities with a timeless sense of place.
His former role as Vice-President of Operations at a well-respected design-build firm, Jim used his past experience in the building products industry to bring a balanced and logical approach to the firm’s work. During this time, Jim’s desire to work with clients and contractors to invoke lasting design was revived and McNeill Baker Design Associates was formed.
As a past executive and realtor with a keen understanding of construction materials and building codes, Jim is uniquely positioned to guide clients through the complexity of building their home while remaining true to traditional forms of architecture. With business partner and architect, Dwight McNeill, Jim brings clients, architects and contractors together to deliver a comprehensive and integrated approach to residential design.
Jim is a native of Maryland and a graduate of University of Maryland College Park with a degree in communications and leadership development.
A native of North Carolina, Dwight McNeill made his home in Northern Virginia after receiving a Bachelor of Design in Architecture from NC State University.
Throughout his award-winning career as an architect, Dwight has designed projects spanning from large multi-family residential and retirement communities to historical renovations and custom homes. Starting his career at Design Plus, a small boutique design studio in Old Town Alexandria, he focused on renovations and infill development within the historical context of the community. At Reg Narmour/The Architectural Group, his work included the design of large multi-family communities and, as Design Director of its successor, Heffner Architects, he won Washingtonian’s Residential Design Award for Sunrise Retirement Home’s highly acclaimed Arlington prototype.
Prior to founding McNeill Baker Design Associates, with business partner, Jim Baker, Dwight discovered his niche while working with Morris-Day Architects and Builders. Working together for 21 years, he and founder, Rob Morris created a portfolio of highly coveted custom homes that valued context, community and craftsmanship. Today Dwight continues the tradition by designing modern homes with time-honored style as Lead Architect for McNeill Baker.
Dwight has renovated three homes for himself that have been featured in such publications as Renovation Style, Southern Living, Better Homes and Gardens, and the Washington Post Magazine. In 2002, Dwight’s home in Cherrydale won Arlington County’s Preservation Design Award for Restoration & Renovation.