John manages design work in the studio and is responsible for ensuring the conceptual integrity of every project. This process stems from commitment to the value of research in design and a consideration of the specific uses and qualities of a place.
John’s interest in the relationship between communities and the built environment developed while studying at the University of Leeds (Politics and Sociology). He collaborated with Chantelle on a series of projects in Dublin before co-founding Studio Dekka.
His work is particularly concerned with the social and cultural value of the night-time environment. Rather than as a risk, John understands the night-time as an potential asset and a new forum for community engagement and capacity-building.
Temporary and semi-permanent projects have proved a key part of the design process since the inception of the practice. John has led the practice’s involvement in the design, build and installation of temporary projects including the Stepping Stones to Urban Renaissance in Dewsbury, the Brazil at Heart exhibition in central London, Stockwell Underground Station, a series of “joyful testing” schemes along the A1010 corridor in Enfield and the Queens Drive Pocket Park in Hackney.
John is also a co-founder of the New Picture House, a nationally-recognised self-built not-for-profit community cinema in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire.