by James R. Franklin
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James Rodman Franklin (1932-2013)—“Jim” or “James R.”—was a native of Chattanooga, TN. He was a renowned fine artist and regionally and nationally recognized architect, facilitator, teacher, and author. He held degrees from the Baylor School, the Georgia Institute of Technology, and the California Polytechnic State University. For 50 years he showed and sold his watercolors, drawings, and etchings in the Southeast, in San Luis Obispo, CA, and in Norway as an invited artist. His artworks on this website and in Where We Lay Down are a small sampling. As an architect, he started and ended his career in the family firm, Franklin Associates Architects; led his own large firm, Franklin Design Group, for 23 years; received many design awards, notably the Edward C. Kemper Award from the American Institute of Architects (AIA); served as a Vice President and Resident Fellow of the AIA in Washington, DC; taught architecture at Cal Poly for a decade; and published widely, contributing to An Architect’s Handbook for Professional Practice (AIA 1997) and authoring the Architect’s Professional Practice Manual (McGraw-Hill 2000). His designs grace buildings and parks, and his paintings adorn walls, across Tennessee, the region, and beyond.
This page of his art is an homage to the artwork of Jim Franklin. I invite you to contact me if you own a piece and might be interesting in sending a photo of it to include here.