Profile of Jim Dossett

Jim Dossett
Senior Building Enclosure Consultant

During more than 15 years of project work, Jim has earned a reputation for effectively assessing and designing repairs for buildings. He is an expert in the materials and enclosure systems of buildings from the 19th and mid-20th centuries, and has in-depth knowledge about the methods and materials used in the repair and restoration of existing buildings. Our clients benefit from Jim’s holistic approach to older buildings: on every project, he strives to ensure the protection and continued use of the building by considering how its elements and systems – walls, fenestration, roofing, insulation, HVAC and lighting – function together as an integrated whole. In addition to his extensive project experience with building enclosures, Jim’s background includes several years of carpentry work as well as academic training and research in historic preservation.

A building enclosure specialist whose project portfolio includes numerous U.S. National Historic Landmarks


    • Master of Science (Historic Preservation), University Of Pennsylvania, United States
    • Bachelor of Arts (Religion), Haverford College, United States

    • Member, Association for Preservation Technology

      • Past presenter at national conferences, on topics including masonry cladding of steel- framed buildings and preserving brick cavity walls in mid-20th century buildings
    • Past Chair, Association for Preservation Technology, Delaware Valley Chapter
    • Occasional lecturer on building preservation, Temple University
    • Published articles in peer reviewed journals

    • Building enclosure systems
    • Cladding
    • Existing buildings (19th to mid-20th century)
    • Fenestration
    • Masonry
    • Protection and preservation
    • Restoration
    • Roofing
    • Transitional building technologies
    • Waterproofing