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James L. Nightingale, AIA


James L. Nightingale, AIA


When did you start working at Howard+Helmer?
April 1, 1988.  Kind of strange starting on “April Fool’s Day,” but it is also the anniversary for Howard + Helmer!  We had cake and a little party on my first day.  Not a bad way to start.

What does your day-to-day job entail?
Managing projects from inception to completion, mixed in with setting up and maintaining the technology and software we use in our office.

What’s your favorite aspect of what you do for a living?
The variety. One minute I am working through the details of how different building systems fit together and the next I might be taking a call from a contractor to discuss schedules and project cost or helping one of our staff trouble shoot a software problem.  No two days are exactly the same, so I am always challenged.

Where do you find inspiration?
My family and my faith. We always try to treat everyone from owners and contractors, to consultants fairly and build relationships.

Outside of work, what do you do for fun?
My wife and I live on our family farm (which happens to be 60 feet from the home I grew up in). Taking care of cattle and growing crops is a great way for me to unwind and get back to nature.

What’s your guilty pleasure? 
Chocolate.  Everybody in the office knows if they crash their computer, chocolate will smooth things over with James!

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