Meet John and you’ll quickly realize two things: he is driven by a passion for his work and is humbled by the opportunities his career presents. "Every project starts with a big idea," he shares. "I get paid to dream up these ideas, draw them, and watch them be built. I should be paying others for this privilege." As a design principal in our Phoenix office, John has put his talents to use delivering projects for clients across markets. His portfolio encompasses commercial, office, higher education and retail environments. And as John’s role within the firm has evolved, so has his perspective on an architect’s responsibility for advancing the profession. "As your field of influence expands, you have to be able to delegate to affect the bigger picture," he responds. "I love working with young designers. They help keep it real." When he’s able to break away from the office, John heads to the mountains to hike with friends. White bread sandwiches and playlists of favorite tunes are "must have" items for these perfect getaway days.