Job Role: Group Director
John is an architect and a Director of the DLA Design Group. He has been with DLA for over 30 years and throughout that time has continually strived to ensure an exceptionally high standard of design is inherent in every project the practice undertakes.
John is a passionate champion of promising young design talent, who will ensure the future success of the profession, and is a pioneer of DLA’s Bursary Scheme. He has been a part-time lecturer at Leeds Beckett University for 15 years, is an internal examiner on the Part III Professional Studies course and is a member of the Project Office Steering Group.
Playing an active role in RIBA’s commitment to human-centred design, John has been RIBA Regional Chair for Yorkshire and Humberside, a RIBA Design Award Assessor and a Design Expert Witness. More recently, John was a member of the RIBA Core Review Group that published the new RIBA Plan of Work in May 2013. The group also published the BIM Overlay to the RIBA Outline Plan of Work in May 2012.
A member of the Academy of Urbanism, John is also Deputy Chair of Beam, a public art organisation who promote, commission and deliver transformative arts programmes to inspire communities and support the development of great places.