LPA Design Studios has hired D. Alex John, Jr. as associate principal and design director of the firm’s growing commercial studio in Dallas.
John is an experienced design executive in Dallas, and will lead design teams on a wide range of projects, including commercial, science and technology, community and cultural developments, residential and mixed-use.
“Alex is a talented designer with a deep knowledge of the community,” LPA Executive Director Wendy Rogers said in a statement. “He works to understand and listen to customers, which is a special skill and something we value in this leadership role.”
John joins LPA after 18 years at HKS Architects, most recently as vice president and senior designer. In that role, John was part of the team that designed the Conrad Washington, DC, at CityCenterDC, the city of Dallas Police Academy on the UNT Dallas campus, the Legacy Commons renovation and future expansion, and the development of several corporate campuses in Texas, LPA said.
‘Focused on creating inspiring architecture that energizes people’
John serves on the board of The Real Estate Council (TREC), where he helped launch the group’s diversity, equity and inclusion efforts.
A resident of Oak Cliff, John has been involved in the redevelopment of downtown Dallas as well as a wide range of community projects in South Dallas in the Pleasant Grove and Joppa communities.
LPA said John joins a Dallas studio that is actively expanding a portfolio of commercial, education, workplace and life science projects. He will work on a wide range of project types, helping to lead a collaborative design process that prioritizes measurable outcomes in performance, healthier environments and facilities that work better for users, the LPA said.
“My goal is to develop a design studio that is focused on creating inspiring architecture that energizes people and makes them want to be there,” John said in a statement. “We want to create memorable experiences in architecture for our clients, and design projects that are more successful than anyone dreamed they could be. Our team is a collection of personable designers who are experienced, talented and sustainably minded. We want our customers must ‘win’ and will do everything we can to make it happen.”
Provides value to customers
John brings a wide range of experience to his new role, including transformative work in hospitality destinations, health sciences facilities, corporate campuses and education centers.
“Alex understands design well and brings voices to the table,” Craig Drone, director of LPA Dallas Studio, said in a statement. “He has built strong relationships in Texas and understands how to bring value to customers.”
John says he was attracted to LPA by its leadership team and its focus on collaboration across disciplines and practices.
Founded in 1965, LPA is a multi-disciplinary firm focused on collaboration, inclusion and an integrated design process that connects building performance and design excellence. It has six studios in Texas and California and has more than 400 in-house architects, master planners, engineers, interior designers, landscape architects and research analysts, working across a wide range of sectors.
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