A first-generation American and born to Lithuanian parents, John developed a talent for drawing at a young age. As the editorial cartoonist for his high school newspaper, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, his original career plan was to be an illustrator, but he decided to pursue a profession that would be more stable and challenging.
He attended a pre-college, summer architecture program at Carnegie Mellon University and confirmed his decision to be an architect after visiting Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater at age sixteen.
Now, more than thirty years later, he appreciates not only the creative side of architecture, but also the entire design and construction process, from the initial client meeting to the ribbon cutting. John has learned to approach each project by listening to the client, being positive, taking responsibility, and striving to exceed expectations.