John Stephenson AIA NCARB

John Stephenson AIA NCARB

Atlanta, GA, US



I am a problem-solving innovator with over 25 years of experience in all aspects of the architectural profession.


One of my greatest attributes has been my ability to quickly move among different project types, learning the nuances of each, and then developing creative and client pleasing solutions.  I have been involved in a broad spectrum of projects including international work.  My history gives me unique insights on which to draw upon.


Generally my involvement spans through the entire life of the project, including my role as being the principal client interface. My contributions have been from initial marketing, pre-design including master-planning, urban design, site selection, and programming through contract negotiation.  My responsibilities through contract documentation phase have been design, presentation, budget and schedule analysis, team management and coordination, and point of contact. All of my projects have involved a wide variety of project delivery methods and schedule challenges.  I am known for designing in 3 dimensions using various methods to effectively convey important spatial concepts and Ideas.


My strengths are in the design and management of both large and technically sophisticated projects as well as smaller projects needing quick response. The hallmark of all of my projects has been a focus on the client’s goals and objectives as well as the user’s needs.  All of my projects have resulted in high levels of satisfaction by clients, users and the community at large.  Several of these projects have been awarded national awards including the prestigious Chicago Athenaeum American Architecture Award, and the ULI Development of Excellence Award.




Stephenson Design Collaborative LLC, Atlanta, GA, US, Principal

I work as a freelance design and technology consultant for mixed use, multi family housing, hospitality, restaurant & retail, K-12 education, Higher education and site and facility master planning. I work with owners and project teams to assist and collaborate to develop the architectural character and prioritize design concepts to find appropriate design directions and strategies. My role is as a facilitator to bring forward the vision that guides the project throughout its design to fruition.

My depth of project experience, especially in building technologies, allows the early evaluation and selection of appropriate selections supporting the BIM model decision making process.

Selected relevant projects:
• University of west Georgia dining hall master planning studies. Covinton GA
• Beth Jacob Synagogue Improvements planning and concept development. Atlanta GA
• Urban Mixed use hotel development studies. Atlanta GA
• 280 Elizabeth St development for JPX Works and Southside partners. Atlanta GA
• Longleaf town homes for Capital city partners. Atlanta GA

Aug 2012 - current

Richard Wittschiebe Hand Architects, Atlanta, GA, US, Design Director

As design director I oversee and focus design efforts within the studio. I focus on clarity, economy of means, and value to the client as well as the community.

I focus on a collaborative environment where everyones contributions are valued.

My generalist background has assisted the team to explore approaches that uncover important concepts and add value to our services.

Selected relevant projects:
• North Atlanta High School renovations. Atlanta GA
• Atlanta Hartsfield Airport Pedestrian crossing improvements Atlanta GA
• GSU North Dining facility Atlanta Ga
• Georgia Gwinnett College Allied Health building 1. Lawrenceville GA
• Georgia Tech Alumni House expansion planning. Atlanta GA
• Georgia Tech Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity. Atlanta GA
• Beth Jacobs Synagogue sanctuary improvements. Atlanta GA
• University of West Georgia Dining Hall Improvements. Carrolton GA

Dec 2010 - Aug 2012

tvsdesign, Atlanta, GA, US, Senior Associate Project Manager-Design Management

My principal responsibilities at tvsdesign as a Senor Associate were the design and management of large technically complex projects. Many of these projects had challenging schedules and budgets. These projects include corporate office buildings, Higher Education, hotel, Conference facilities retail centers and Convention Centers. Many of the design efforts were from the inception to occupancy.

Selected relevant projects:
• Herman Miller Showroom, Los Angeles calf LEED platinum.
• Solvay Pharmaceuticals facility utilization studies. Marietta Ga
• Reliance Industries Global Headquarters Reliance Industries. Mumbai India
• Puerto Rico World Trade center. PRCC Puerto Rico
• Branson Convention Center and Hilton Hotel. Branson MO
• Pennsylvania Convention Center Expansion-PCCA Authority. Philadelphia Pa
• Technology Square master plan for Georgia Institute of Technology. Atlanta GA (ULI Development of Excellence Award awarded for Technology Square mixed use development).
• Technology Square College of Management for Georgia Institute of Technology. Atlanta GA
• Georgia World Congress Center phase IV addition. Atlanta GA

May 1999 - Aug 2009

O'Neal Inc, Atlanta, GA, US, Project Architect Lead programmer / Design Architect

My principal responsibilities at O’Neal were as senior Architectural Designer, being the in-house design manager for the Atlanta office as well as directing and organizing programming and master planning activities in the Atlanta office. These primarily included projects for science and technology as well as educational and training facilities. These include projects for pharmaceutical, medical device manufacturers, higher education, and corporate training facilities.

Selected relevant projects:
• Berry College School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, Berry College, Rome GA.
• BMW performance Center, Greer SC. (American architecture award Chicago Athenaeum )
• Solvay Pharmaceuticals , Marietta GA, Baudette MN
• Atlanta FDA Regional Laboratory expansion for the Food and Drug Administration,
• Georgia Baptist School of Nursing programming, Georgia Baptist Hospital System, Atlanta GA.
• Emory School of Nursing programming, Emory University, Atlanta GA.
• Georgia Perimeter College Science Building Lab planning . Atlanta GA
• Cryolife Headquarters and Laboratory, Kennesaw GA.
• R&D facility Renovation, Master plan - Georgia Pacific Corporation, Decatur GA
• Multi-use Training Facility - Amoco Chemical Company, Charleston SC
• Facility master planning - BOSCH, multiple site throughout the southeast

May 1996 - May 1999

Lockwood Greene Engineers/ CH2M Hill, Atlanta, GA, US, Project Architect / Lead Designer Programmer

My responsibilities at Lockwood Greene’s architecture group were as lead designer programmer for a number of laboratory and research facilities for manufacturing and product development. My role also encompassed master planning for several large commercial mixed use development projects. Several efforts were in international locations including Germany, Russia, and Azerbaijan.

Selected relevant projects:
• Rosemont Analytical GMBH, Hanau, Germany
• Brown & Williamson Research and Development Center, Macon GA.
• Kemera Inc , Facility Improvements and quality laboratory, Savannah GA
• German Ambassador’s Residence, Washington DC (In association with the office of OM Ungers. Published in Architectural record, June 1995)
• Crowne Plaza Hotel, St. Petersburg Russia - Parkwood Group,
• Cryolife Headquarters Lease negotiation services, Kennesaw GA.
• Western Business Center, Moscow Russia - J A Jones development Group
• Renaissance City Center Mixed use Master plan - Ackerman & Co, Atlanta GA
• Station Park Urban Development Master plan - Ridgeway Development, Elizabeth NJ
• Azeri Master Planning, Base camp community, Bacu, Azerrbaijan - Amoco Oil Company.

Apr 1990 - May 1996

Lord Aeck Sargent, a Katerra Company, Atlanta, GA, US, Staff Architect / Project Architect, working directly with founding principals

Lord Aeck Sargent, 1986 to 1990
Project architect-design team, working directly with founding principals.

Selected relevant projects:
• Delta reservation center, Salt lake city UT
• Delta Airport Concourse Extension, Tampa Florida
• Madison first United Methodist Church, Madison Georgia
• East Cooper Hospital. North Charleston SC

Sep 1986 - Apr 1990

Cooper Carry & Associates, Atlanta, GA, US, Intern Architect

Selected relevant projects:
• Regency Square Shopping Center.
• Lexington Greene Office building and Mixed-Use Master plan -Webb Properties, Lexington KY
• IBM Wildwood Training Facility Atlanta GA
• Science and Technology Laboratories - Kimberly Clark, Roswell GA

Sep 1982 - Aug 1986


Clemson University, Clemson, SC, US, MArch, College of Architecture Graduate Studies

Graduate studies including particapation this the Genova Italy studio, Graduate assistanceship program.

Thesis Project Savannah Seaport Museum was honored with the Deans award.

Aug 1980 - May 1982

Clemson University, Clemson, SC, US, BArch, College of Architecture Undergradute Studies

4 Year architecture program in preparation for 2 year Masters in Architecture studiees

Aug 1977 - May 1980


Atlanta Urban Design Comission Award of Excellence North Atlanta High School, Award

Anual award for projects within the city of atlanta honoring excellence in design, urban planning and historical preservation.


ULI Award of Excellence Technology Square for Georgia Institute of Technology, Award

the 2004 ULI national award for the Tchnology Square Development for the Georgia Institute of Technology. The 27 acre project revitalized a once blighted area of Midtown Atlanta. The complex consists of a 270 room Georgia Tech. Hotel and Conference Center, the Global learning center for continueing education, a Barnes and Nobel book store, the college of Management, and offices for the Georgia Tech Foundation. The destrict is marked by street level shops and restaurants becomming a key element in the revitalization of Midtown Atlanta as well as becomming the gateway to the University.


The Chigago Antheneum Museum Of Architecture American Architecture Award The BMW Performance Center., Award

The BWW Performance Center was honored with the American Architecture Award after being selected from over 400 entries in this annual award program. The project was exhibited in the Chicago Antheneum as well as Theessalonica Greese, and Milan Italy.


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