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.

  Jerilyn Pearson

Jerilyn Pearson joined Joan Heaton Architects in September 2017.  She graduated from Wentworth Institute of Technology, in Boston and studied abroad in Berlin, Germany. Working in offices in Connecticut, New York, and Vermont, Jerilyn brings over 5 years of experience in light commercial and high-end residential design.

With a love for nature, biology, and anything outdoors, Jerilyn believes that architecture becomes timeless when integrated with minimal manipulation of the natural site.  She possesses a strong interest in residential architecture and working with clients to design structures that meet their needs.

Originally from upstate New York, Jerilyn and her husband moved to Vermont in 2015.  They were drawn to Vermont by the natural beauty of the state and the inhabitants’ universal appreciation for the outdoors and they are excited to put down roots and raise their family here.

Jerilyn is an outdoor enthusiast, who is often out hiking, paddling or camping.  She can also be found horseback riding, gardening or planning the next family trip to Nova Scotia, Iceland or the Grand Tetons.