“Winning a client’s trust is the best part of this job.”
A pivotal experience as a young boy ignited John’s passion for architecture. He was visiting a construction site with his father and saw a house framed out for the first time. John was fascinated by the process and how the crew came together to create a singular vision. This passion for people continues to drive him today, as he strategizes new directions for the firm and new ways to bring communities together through design.
On or off the clock, John is always on the lookout for new ideas. He finds inspiration in travel; visiting other countries and immersing himself in diverse cultures allows him to think about the many different ways that people solve the same fundamental problems. This approach was crucial to one of John’s favorite projects, the Anchorage Museum Expansion. John visited 18 museums in cities around the world while planning that project, blending those experiences to create something that truly represents and showcases Alaskan people.
Transparency and collaboration are the values that inform John’s work. He says the rich and rewarding company culture he has helped to build at MCG is his biggest accomplishment to date.
Anchorage Museum Expansion
John took a deep dive on this project and visited several museums for research and inspiration. The result created something that feels truly Alaskan. This project will always have a special place in John’s heart.
MCG Explore Design Culture
John believes that building a rich culture at the firm, contributing to local communities, and building strong relationships with clients is part of MCG’s legacy. He’s excited to lead the team into the future and discover new opportunities.
Indulge Your Curiosity
Outside the office, John loves to travel when he can, even if it’s just going to Iceland for a few days. He says exploring around obvious, fine, and nuanced details creates better results, which is why he encourages the team to be curious.