John Grinstead

John Grinstead

New York, NY, US



John's quiet and cool temperament belies his fierce dedication to delivering beauty and art in the built environment whether it be furniture, interiors, or ground up construction. Finding inspiration in words, art, and nature - he can often be found reading water coloring or hiking in the wilderness. 

Building a career focused on the art of building John's holistic mindset and technical aptitude is interested in the micro and macro: desiring to one day start a furniture line, an adaptive reuse architecture firm, a disaster relief non-profit, and hopefully also be a part of designing a skyscraper. He has fallen in love and set up camp in Brooklyn and cannot imagine himself anywhere else.

He continues to carry on the skills developed in his undergraduate education and professional experience while honing new ones: focusing on detail-oriented design, a growing understanding of materiality and is piece by piece learning the art of building each day. He is eager to learn, is very teachable, and has an intuitive design sense.



Workshop/APD, New York, NY, US, Project Manager - Single Family

Mar 2017 - current

Studio MM, New York, NY, US, Project manager

Third employee over a 6-month period for a small residential architectural practice of four people.

Brought on to assist with development and refining of project process, as well as set up standards for projects in a new area of practice in apartment/loft renovations as well as assist with existing practice area of various new construction homes on the east coast.

Work included drafting, 3D modeling/rendering, the creation of construction documents, setting up project management software, red-lining, the creation of a details library, specs, outlines, resource management spreadsheets, various forms and product info for clients, preliminary budgets/metrics, alongside creating dwg. templates beyond floor plans for site, elevations, sections, details, interior elevations, and more.

Mar 2016 - Jan 2017

A+C NY, New York, NY, US, Junior Architect & Designer

First full-time employee to a growing architecture firm of four people.

Schematic design, design development, project management, detailing, material selection and sourcing. Digital drafting, 3D modeling, rendering, and the creation of construction documents.

Consultant management and coordination: structural, mechanical, lighting, audio- visual, kitchen and interior designers, millworkers and other various consultants.

Knowledgeable in navigating landmarks, zoning, various building boards, building permit coordination and compliance, and standard contract creation/negotiation. Perform site and construction observation, office management, etc.

Projects include various residential renovations and additions, building facade restoration, and offices throughout NYC, upstate New York, and New Jersey.

Mar 2012 - Mar 2016

Walker Zanger, New York, NY, US, Intern

Internship with one of the leading stone and tile suppliers to the trade. Work included: oversight and project management for in-house design as well as tile/stone installations, CAD work for shop drawings, working one-on-one with steel fabricators, organizing and managing the sample library, various graphic and design work, estimating; and event coordination for the Manhattan showroom.

Nov 2011 - Apr 2012

Context Engineering, Denver, CO, US, Design and Construction Intern

Design-build with full design/construction experience that included framing, drywall, electrical, HVAC, plumbing, tile, flooring, paint, carpentry, budget estimation, permit submittal processes, & client interactions and negotiations.

Jun 2008 - Jun 2010


Sep 2005 - Jun 2010

Areas of Specialization