John recognizes the value of being a good listener. So much so this skill has become the hallmark of his 25-year career. Not surprising, really, considering his thesis outlined the importance of productive and meaningful dialogue between architect and client. John asks the hard questions, discerning what the user experience should be and the goes beyond functionality. His ability to interpret client needs has garnered recognition and acknowledgement on projects like the new Placer County Animal Services Center and St. Helena Hospital’s Project Transform.
John’s career path was cemented when he was a junior in high school. He would sit in class sketching up tree house details and then head to the woods and build until dark. These were not your run of the mill tree houses either. We are talking two levels with a trap door and skylights! That’s when the lightbulb went off… John wanted to be an architect. When the squirrels got the news, they were relieved; John would eventually leave their trees alone.
“Why do I love working here? Because Dreyfuss + Blackford is passionate about good design and equally passionate about building a sense of family.”
Bachelor of Arts, Communications/Economics
University of Pittsburgh
Master of Architecture
Southern California Institute of Architecture