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.
AIA, Santa Barbara Chapter, Award of Citation
Santa Barbara Beautiful Annual Award, New 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