John developed an early interest in drawing and design. When given a book at age 14 about Frank Lloyd Wright, featuring Falling Water – which is still his favourite building – his imagination was fired and a career in architecture followed.
John studied at the Bartlett School in London. After a brief introductory spell with YRM he subsequently spent almost 20 years working as a project director and then director at Foster + Partners – mainly on the Stansted Airport terminal, an art gallery extension for the Royal Academy, education projects in Cambridge, London and France, followed by innovative landmark office buildings in Britain and Germany. Whilst John has worked on a wide range of residential projects, his more recent focus has been on commercial architecture, and this continues to typify much of his work, including new headquarters buildings for Savills and Bird & Bird in London, and the 103 Colmore Row office tower in Birmingham.
As a common thread through all of his work, John has always searched for innovative design solutions. As a result, a number of projects he has been responsible for have either won or been nominated for leading design awards and have unlocked exceptional value for clients.