As the founding principal of Johnson Roberts Associates, J. Stewart Roberts has had a leadership role in the design of libraries, town offices, public safety facilities and religious facilities since the firm’s establishment in 1996. Mr. Roberts brings over 40 years of architectural experience in both the public and private sectors.
As the son of a building contractor in the Midwest, Mr. Roberts grew up around construction sites and developed a love of making things and construction. He first came to Massachusetts to attend MIT in 1971. Thinking he would go into chemistry, he soon discovered that he was most interested in architecture and design. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Art and Design at MIT in 1975 and went on to earn his Master of Architecture from MIT in 1978.
His work focuses on design for communities. His municipal, library, religious and educational projects bring together a diverse cross-section of stakeholders to create facilities that have a long-term positive impact on the communities they serve.
He has been involved in the design of over 100 public library facilities over the past 29 years. Mr. Roberts founded Library:NEXT, a library visioning roundtable, to examine the future role of libraries.
Mr. Roberts is passionate about architectural history, and continuously studies architecture of the 19th and 20th centuries and lectures to various civic groups on the subject. He has been involved in the preservation and restoration of many culturally significant buildings throughout his career