John O'Connell

John O'Connell

Decatur, GA, US



As a LEED certified architect with over 20 years of professional experience, I am looking for expanded responsibilities and new challenges with interests in environmentally-focused design, advanced building systems and technology.  I have full life-cycle project experience ranging from site planning and construction administration to client management and drawing production across a wide variety of structures and venues.  My experience also includes installing and supporting CAD and other software systems within multiple offices.  Recognition of my dedication and broad skill set are demonstrated by being a recipient of the 2010 Multifamily Project of the Year and Project Team of the Year from the EarthCraft program of the Southface Energy Institute.


Martin Riley Associates, Decatur, GA, US, Associate

I joined office as project captain and became an associate in 2007. The firm specializes in multifamily design for state tax credit and publically funded projects; including family, seniors and supportive housing in locations throughout the southeast from Virginia to Texas. I worked in all phases, from schematic site planning (including competitive State applications) through design documents and construction.

I was responsible for the design of over 1,000 housing units constructed over the course of the past nine years, with another 1,500 units of proposed and schematic projects generated. My concentration was in the development of complex single-building projects for seniors, ranging from 48 to over 200 units per project. I also designed projects receiving historic tax credits and large-scale rehab projects. I also concentrated on addressing complex permitting, zoning and green building program requirements and processes. I completed several projects within the Earthcraft Multifamily and Enterprise Green Building Programs.

My responsibility expanded from the coordination of a single project to the simultaneous production, refinement and construction of several ongoing projects, as well as to the generation of schematic site proposals for future work for the firm, from around 2005 onwards. My focus in the office became the design of single-building projects for seniors, a complex building type that balanced consistent and repeatable unit layouts with integrated building systems, public spaces, and resident amenities.

Dec 2003 - current

Pimsler Hoss Architects, Inc., Atlanta, GA, US, Project Manager

I was a project architect and project manager for this very diverse and dynamic partnership-based firm. I worked on projects ranging from BMW dealerships to loft conversions to pop-up house additions. Project management experience expanded to primary responsibility for construction administration, and from generating design documents to permitting to completion. Other project types designed included market-rate multifamily, restaurant and retail ranging from single standalone stores to retail center master site plans.

I also was responsible for the information technology and CAD systems for the office. This extended from software maintenance to installing network wiring.

Jun 2000 - Dec 2003

Hill Exline Associates, Lawrenceville, GA, US, Project Architect

I was offered the opportunity to become the first hire for a new partnership. The office focused on SPLOST-funded community facilities in counties surrounding Atlanta, medical office and veterinary facilities, multifamily and small-scale retail and restaurant design. I was brought in to create the office CAD and software systems, generate production drawings and help supervise additional staff as it was acquired.

Jan 1998 - Jun 2000

Collins Cooper Carusi Architects inc., Atlanta, GA, US, Project Designer

Joined firm then known as Roberts and Collins. There were two sides of the firm: educational and commercial. I was able to work on projects ranging from the UGA Visitor’s Center to Delta Air Lines headquarters office suites. Also became the "expert" in the Mac-based computer system and in the emergence of networking technology. Expertise was focused on troubleshooting and work flow.

Feb 1995 - May 1998

VHA Health Facilities Group, Atlanta, GA, US, Intern Architect Designer

This was my first professional job after graduation. My primary qualification for the position was knowledge of AutoCAD. The firm focus was on medical facility master planning and design. I worked on all levels of design, from master plan graphics to construction documents. I was very fortunate to be exposed to the complete building process, and given access to advanced technology and client contact.

Jan 1992 - Feb 1995


Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS, US, BArch, School of Architecture

Aug 1985 - May 1991

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