It was during his seventh grade English class that John realized that he wanted to become an architect. He still has his original hand-written essay that explores his interest in automobile design and buildings. Establishing architecture as his passion early on, John sees opportunities for design excellence in everything – from the daily choices we make to the decisions that inform design process and design outcomes for our clients.
John’s design perspective has been shaped by a life lived near water–from the Chesapeake Bay, to the Narragansett Bay, the Tyrrhenian Sea to the San Francisco Bay. He is acutely aware of context, both natural and urban, and how buildings respond to their environmental setting. A leader in higher education design, John collaborates with institutions and their constituents to produce places of enduring value.
A longtime Bay Area resident, John continues to take inspiration from his everyday life. He enjoys playing guitar, traveling with his wife and two children, and experiencing new places, events, and cultures–both afar and in his own backyard.