About

At Joan Heaton Architects, we take pride in designing purposeful and well-crafted architecture that responds to each client’s needs and desires.

We provide comprehensive residential design services with a personalized approach. We listen to your wishes, communicate clearly and create meaningful space for you and your family. We enjoy a collaborative process and encourage client participation in the design.

We believe that a home should connect you with our shared landscape and its design should develop from an appreciation and understanding of the site. We draw inspiration from both the agrarian and the urbane to create modern buildings that fit within the regional context.

As a small, full-service, architecture firm, we work closely with our clients from conception to completion. We believe that all aspects of a home should be coordinated and well-integrated, inside and out, and we regularly incorporate landscape and interior design as part of our scope of services.

We recognize that the success of a project depends on teamwork. Since 1996, we have collaborated with consultants, local contractors, and talented craftspeople to create enduring homes.

Joan Heaton

Joan Heaton brings over 25 years of professional experience to the practice.  Joan worked in Rome, Italy and at several firms in Vermont before opening her own firm in 1996. She is a licensed architect in Vermont and New York, a graduate of Cornell University’s College of Architecture, Art and Planning, and a member of the American Institute of Architects.

For several summer seasons, Joan worked as an instructor for the Hurricane Island Outward Bound School in Maine and was on the faculty of Alaska Outward Build, an educational endeavor combining wilderness living, community service, environmental design, and building construction.

Motivated by her respect for nature, Joan makes design decisions and material selections with a keen sensitivity to the environment. At the Yestermorrow School in Warren, Vermont, Joan taught courses and developed a curriculum focused on evaluating green building materials. Putting green practices and materials to the test, she has participated in building projects of her own design, including her home.  Joan lives at the end of a dirt road with her husband and son in Lincoln, Vermont. Read about Joan’s Home in Vermont Magazine [pdf].

Joan is inspired by Vermont’s natural landscapes and vernacular structures and stays connected by hiking, cycling and sculling. An alumnus of the Phillips Academy Andover and Cornell University crew teams, Joan now rows on nearby Lake Dunmore.

Rob Jimenez

Rob Jimenez brings over 12 years of experience in architectural design and project management to Joan Heaton Architects. He joined the firm in January 2017 after focusing on high-end residential architecture for three years in Burlington, Vermont. Prior to moving north, Rob worked within several busy design offices in Philadelphia.

Rob is a graduate of the Virginia Tech School of Architecture + Design and has spent time as a photographer, printmaker, carpenter, mountain bike mechanic and racer, and most recently, a cheese maker at Shelburne Farms. He grew up fly-fishing the many limestone spring creeks of eastern Pennsylvania, and now enjoys exploring Lake Champlain and its tributaries.

Rob has a firmly established belief in the notion that less is often more; a cue taken from his Bauhaus-based education and his own experiences living a simple, manual and natural lifestyle in rural Vermont.  He pushes for the moment when owner, architect, and builder are running in-sync; when the design can be distilled into its most pure and clean forms, void of the superfluous. Listening to his clients, communicating clearly with the team, and having an unwavering dedication to craftsmanship and the environment are essential to every project.

Rob and his wife raise heritage breed pigs and chickens, maintain a small orchard of several dozen apple trees and tend to a large vegetable garden at their home in Monkton, Vermont. Their English Bulldog will occasionally help with the chores when he isn’t snoozing in front of the woodstove.