John McGill

AIA / Senior Associate, Senior Project Manager

As a native New Yorker born and raised in Brooklyn, John has been a leader in the New York studio since its inception in 2016. He had also previously been a designer in the San Francisco studio and brought that experience to bear on the creation of a studio culture in a new location.

A generalist at heart, John believes that delivering design excellence requires flexibility, creativity, and persistence. His approach to project management draws from his experience as a designer, keeping teams focused on how systems will come together three-dimensionally and making sure every consultant from the mechanical engineer to the graphic designer understands how their work fits into the wider whole. He believes the single most important aspect of any project is clear communication between parties (designers, builders, owners, and consultants), and that the architect must know when to intervene to make sure that intent will be met.

His work at WRNS Studio has extended across a wide range of project types and sizes, from large workplace and mixed-use developments to small interior interventions and planning studies. He also manages studio operations and staffing in New York, working closely with partners.

John earned his Master of Architecture degree from UC Berkeley, where he was also a lecturer in architecture, and his Bachelor of Arts in Architecture and Urban Planning from Princeton University.

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