A Southern California native, John graduated from UCSB in 1968 and has been living and working in Santa Barbara for over 40 years. He and his wife Ellen, an award winning poet, children’s book author, and teacher, have two grown children.

John has been involved in design and construction since 1972 and founded his architectural firm in 1989. His completed projects in California, Colorado, Utah and New Mexico include homes and remodels as well as offices, restaurants, classrooms, libraries, and auditoriums. Several of the projects have been featured on green building tours, and several have received design awards.

A founding member of the Sustainability Project and the Green Building Alliance, John chaired the Green Building Now conference in 1996 and led the creation of the Santa Barbara Green Building Guidelines in 2001. He teaches classes on green building and eco-living and he supports local efforts to promote sustainability.


Design Awards


AIA, Santa Barbara Chapter, Award of Citation

Kurland Residence

Santa Barbara Beautiful Annual Award, New Residence

Stancer Residence

Chrysalis Award, Whole House Remodel

Ellwood Elementary School

Goleta Beautiful Annual Award, New Institutional

Cold Spring Elementary School

Santa Barbara Beautiful Annual Award, Institutional Expansion

Selected Professional & Community Activities

AIA, Santa Barbara Chapter, Past President; Member since 1985

The Sustainability Project, Past President; Founding Member

Green Building Alliance, Founding Member

Green Building Now Conference, Chair

Mesa Architects volunteer group, Founding Member

Parade of Green Buildings, Committee Member

SBCC Adult Education, Instructor

Hollister Ranch Design Committee, Past Chair

Architectural Foundation, Board of Directors

Summer Solstice Parade, Board of Directors

Built Environmental Education Project

Kids Draw Architecture

Santa Barbara Beautiful, Judge