President Emeritus

You can have the best strategy and the best building in the world, but if you don’t have the hearts and minds of the people who work with you, none of it comes to life. — Renee West, Luxor and Excalibur Hotel

A senior member of the Cuhaci & Peterson executive team, and former firm President, James “Jed” Downs has amassed a long list of professional accomplishments since starting with C&P in 1980. “From the very beginning, I knew that my passion was much better suited for a small company I could grow with, rather than with a big company that simply continues to grow.” And grow Jed and C&P did! A key figure in the development of the firm, Jed has been an invaluable member of the C&P team since early in the company’s history. Having had the titles of architect and project manager early on, he progressed to the management team and shares significant responsibility for continued client satisfaction and company success. He has played a major role in the development of long-lasting relationships with major clients, such as Publix, Walmart and Wawa. Jed also has extensive experience in other retail, technical and industrial projects.

“It’s all about digging in and rolling up your sleeves—from contract negotiations, to permitting, to staff management and construction supervision, everyone has to be working together and on the same page.” Jed’s down to earth, yet assertive business style, results in strong, long-term relationships with clients and C&P employees.

Jed holds architectural licenses for the entire west coast of the United States, is a member of the American Institute of Architecture (AIA), the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), the National Council of Architectural Registration Board (NCARB) and recently joined an American Institute of Architecture (AIA) committee for the 2017 National conference. Additionally, he is a newly appointed board member at the University of Florida City Lab program in Central Florida.

Jed has raised four children with his wife and loves to hit the golf course as time permits.


  • Kent State University (Bachelor Degree Architecture, 1980)