For John, his career is personal. "I have the opportunity to be a part of significant projects in the city in which I live and work," he says of his role leading the Washington DC Workplace Studio. John has served as principal on several prominent DC commercial projects, including 1700 New York Avenue, 901 K Street and L’Enfant Plaza. While he’s humble about his own accomplishments ("Timing is often as important as the decision itself," he suggests), John holds special admiration for "the dedication and perseverance" of a historical figure from his home state of Maine: Joshua Chamberlain, a Union Army general renowned for his leadership at the Battle of Gettysburg, who later served as the governor of Maine. Speaking of dedication and perseverance, John muses that, if time were no object, "One day I might actually be good at golf." Also on that free-time list: hiking and mountain biking the fjords, bays and mountains of New Zealand.