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John Selle

Senior Associate + Project Architect, AIA, LEED AP BD+C


John has worked on a broad range of project types in his 15 years in practice, including academic, civic, retail, and residential projects.  He appreciates the unique challenges and opportunities that come with each project and each client’s particular needs.  With strong dedication to each project, attention to detail, and his ability to remain calm under pressure, John has earned the respect of many past clients.

Growing up in the mountains of Colorado, John has always had a love for the outdoors, which he incorporates into his passion for sustainability and green design — he has been LEED Accredited since 2005.  John received a Bachelor of Environmental Design degree from the University of Colorado, and a Master in Architecture degree from Harvard University.

What is the most important tool of your trade, and why?

BIM (building information modeling) is my most important tool. It helps me think through and coordinate a building design in 3D. With a project design fully modeled I can move seamlessly from providing a client with a highly realistic rendering to generating construction details.

What does it mean to you to be 100% client-centric?

To me, being client-centric means owning our clients’ best interests as we work through each project. To be able to do this, we need to listen to our clients, to learn what is important to them, and to understand how they determine project success. It’s about partnering with our clients and providing the best service possible by staying focused on their goals.

What inspires you most about your field?

I’m continually inspired by the many hands that it takes to realize a design and construction project. And I love being part of the team. As designers, we are so fortunate to be able to see, touch, and walk through the result of our hard work, but that is only possible through a huge collective effort directed by our visionary client teams, and is only realized through the hard work of the contractors and tradespeople who construct our projects.


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