The hallmark of J5architects is our undisputed reputation for designing brilliantly appealing and remarkably functional architecture.

J5architects is a full service architecture, master planning and interior design firm based in Manchester, New Hampshire and established in 2006 by principal in charge James A. Spiegel AIA, LEED AP. We provide diverse project design, documentation, administration and management services. We plan and manage our projects with great care, providing fresh and creative solutions to challenging project parameters while working in a collaborative process, staying within budget and on schedule.

Knowledge Base

We offer a thorough understanding of today’s science of building technology and sensitivity to the environment with focus on specifying appropriate systems, materials and finishes. We exercise thoughtful decision making throughout the entire design process. With a background of twenty-five years in the public and private sectors we have the experience to deliver well planned, comfortable facilities that provide healthy indoor environments while minimizing environmental impact.

Project Approach, Quality Assurance and Quality Control

Our approach at project start up is to establish a clear program directive with our client. We verify project scope, scheduling requirements and working budget at the outset of each project. We institute lines of communication with key contact individuals on the project to ensure efficient day to day project team coordination. We develop a matrix that integrates client, consultants and building authorities and establish a regular project team meeting schedule. We set benchmark deliverables for each design team member throughout the project schedule, ensuring that the architectural process can proceed smoothly.

J5architects utilizes an integrated project delivery model (IPD), where client, design team and constructors work together in a collaborative, streamlining the architectural process and driving the project forward with great efficiency. The IPD process positively contributes to project quality assurance and quality control. As a result, our documentation deliverables are highly defined and produce fewer change orders, helping to maintain control over the project construction schedule and budget.

We administer construction contracts that maintain the collaborative IPD business model through to substantial completion and project closeout. We provide quality assurance and quality control on every project regardless of size, ensuring that each project is delivered on time as specified and within the targeted budget.

Technology Tools

Our early conceptual planning work is often developed by hand and/or in CAD based sketch formats. As projects develop we migrate to 100% CAD based drawing platforms. We utilize 3D based CAD drawing technology and continually stay on top of emerging information and resources.

J5architects Competitive Advantage

Our clients benefit from our ability and capacity to undertake a variety of project types. We are skilled licensed professionals and can provide highly specialized complex architectural services. We develop an appropriate project approach and quality control program for each particular project, carefully addressing owners’ mission statements, working budgets and project schedules. We offer fast turn around times on project delivery requirements, comfortably executing projects in the $.5m to $150m value range. Our US Federal NAICS Code Standard is 541310 Architectural Services and we are classified as a small business. J5architects has low overhead, enabling us to provide competitive project pricing on even the most demanding project requirements. We are also based in tax free New Hampshire, within 5 miles of Manchester-Boston Regional Airport. We can quickly mobilize to your project site anywhere in the Americas or off the Continent. Being NCARB certified architects, we can practice world wide.

Environmental Concerns

J5architects designs energy efficient structures with safe living and working environments and maintains a consistent commitment to designing structures that suit their environment, enhance their surroundings and appeal to the visual senses. Careful consideration is applied to diverse options regarding sustainable building practices and systems supported by the U.S. Green Building Council, including:

  • Building placement
  • Primary wind flow
  • Indigenous plantings
  • Natural day lighting
  • Effective use of passive/active solar
  • Long life cycle systems
  • High performance building enclosure
  • Healthy indoor air quality
  • Low V.O.C.’s in finishes and adhesives
  • Reduced water consumption
  • Environmental pollutant control
  • Reduced dependence on fossil fuels
  • Renewable energy

We provide

  • Highly sustainable, one hundred year building systems
  • Long life-cycle component advocacy
  • Designs created in context of each unique building site
  • Fresh thinking in engineered mechanical, electrical, information technology, security, acoustical, plumbing and fire protection systems
  • The science of high performance building technology

Our Mission

  • Be indispensable to our clients and their communities
  • Exceed our clients’ expectations for successful planning and building projects
  • Create with passion
  • Integrate human function and scale with interior and exterior environments
  • Design beautiful architecture that endures the challenges of time with great efficiency
  • Establish longstanding business relationships
  • Serve our community and non-profit corporations via donations