John Cole Architect specializes in the design of vacation and retirement homes from studios in greater Boston and western Maine. These homes all start with the owners' attachment to a place and the dream of a more relaxed life-style.  John works personally with each client to give form to their dream. 

G.B. Trudeau comic strip featuring John Cole.

"My first home building experience came at the side of my father, a frugal Yankee carpenter. My training in design came later at Yale, Washington University and the School of Wood Sculpture in Quebec. In between was a brief hockey career in Europe. Early in my architectural career I designed homes for custom builders. As a partner in a large Boston area firm I continued to design homes for friends and word-of-mouth clients, as well as leading teams on award-winning commercial projects. Drawn back to my roots by the satisfaction of hands-on work, my focus now is home design inspired by New England traditions of craft, thrift and whimsy."

Certifications & Awards

Member AIA, LEED AP, Licensed Architect in Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire

Work published in Down East, Builder, Lake Living, Maine Home + Design and Fine Homebuilding

2014 - 2016 Best of Houzz Award Winner: Client Satisfaction

2014 - 2016 Best of Houzz Award Winner: Design