John founded DFDG in 1970, and is closing in on 50 years of success in the world of architecture and planning. He is passionate about his business relationships and is personally committed to helping his clients and employees achieve new heights. DFDG’s success in recruiting and retaining strong design talent in recent years has enabled John to shift his focus to the initial programming and planning phases where good decisions can be made early. He is highly energized by working with collaborative partners to create functional and flexible planning concepts that allow the client’s organization to adapt to rapid industry changes over time. The result is an evolution of John’s design philosophy that it isn’t only about how a building looks, it’s also about how well it works.
John has a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Arizona State University, a diploma from the Ecole des Beaux Artes in Fontainebleau, France, and attended the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He is a licensed architect in several states, NCARB Certified, a Member of the American Institute of Architects, and involved in many other professional and cultural organizations. His career is full of accolades, including more than 100 awards for environmental and design excellence. John’s current focus is on civic and higher education projects.