John joined Streetsense in 2005 after eight years at other local DC-area architecture firms. Though trained as an architect, John has spent the majority of his career focused on planning and placemaking for mixed-use retail environments. He has led Streetsense’s Planning Studio since 2008, during which he has overseen major master planning efforts for Crown Farm in Gaithersburg, Maryland, Potomac Yard in both Arlington and Alexandria, Virginia, the University of Maryland East Campus redevelopment, the Village at Valley Forge, Park Potomac, and Crystal Spring Annapolis as well as a host of smaller development sites. A multi-faceted designer, John is responsible for coordinating both illustrative and technical drawings, managing projects and consultants, and leading the team of designers and planners that comprise the Planning Studio. He works closely with teams from Streetsense’s Real Estate Strategy, Research + Analysis, and Architecture studios to create an executable vision and plan for every site that comes across his drawing board. In addition to master planning and site planning, John oversees the creation of retail streetscape, storefront, and signage guidelines for many of our architecture projects and clients, and is frequently asked by our clients to review work in design by other architects for its retail suitability.
Prior to Streetsense, John was an architect at Cooper Carry, where he worked on projects such as Santana Row, the Regent Office Building in Arlington, and the Spectrum condominium building in Falls Church, VA. He was also a founding member of Street-Works, where he worked on several other large mixed-use retail projects, including Crocker Park, Blue Back Square, and Rockville Town Square, as well as long-term strategic planning projects such as the Falls Church City Center Plan and the Charlotte Center City 2010 Vision Plan.
“I got vision, and the rest of the world wears bifocals.”- Butch Cassidy, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid