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John Reed

John P. Reed, AIA

Design Principal



The work of John Reed is predicated on a process of intensive dialogue and collaboration. His work is driven by a passionate belief that architecture is primarily about ideas. That, by studying each project’s specific physical, social and cultural context, a timeless architecture of honesty and beauty can be created. Every project John touches is uniquely conceived within the specifics of how it will be used and experienced. His work responds and listens to both the site and the environment, taking lessons from the project’s physical context and natural surroundings and applying them in new and innovative ways. He works in all scales and locales — urban design, civic, academic, residential and commercial — adhering to a modernist design approach of functionality and elegant simplicity.

Prior to joining CannonDesign, John ran his own design firm in New York City and served in partnership positions at high-profile firms in both Boston and London. His academic experience includes appointments at Harvard University, Syracuse University, and the New York Institute of Technology, and his work has received numerous awards for design excellence and innovation.

For me, architecture is literally the prism from which I view the world. It is a constantly exciting and ever-fluctuating medium which challenges me every single day. The unique capacity that we have as designers to change, influence and improve the daily lives of the people who occupy our buildings is a profound responsibility. I also value the simple notion that if I do my job well by designing sustainable and thoughtful buildings that preserve today’s dwindling natural resources, that I can possibly make the planet a better place for my children.

John P. Reed, AIA