John S Loomis

Implementation—getting projects built; green roofs and on-structure gardens to promote sustainability in urban contexts; sculpting earth into sensually appealing landform.

John’s focus is design development, construction documentation, and design implementation—in other words, translating designs “from the boards to reality,” often strengthening a plan through subtle adjustments. “In jest, we often refer to my project role as ‘troubleshooter,’ as a counter to the role of designer as ‘troublemaker,’” he jokes. He has worked extensively in Japan for more than 15 years, on projects including corporate and residential high-rises, themed entertainment attractions, institutional and medical campuses, and retirement communities. He is currently turning his attention toward China, where “improving the quality level of built projects is an exciting challenge.”

Inspired By

Frank Lloyd Wright’s detailing and integration of building with site; Jens Jensen’s natural design philosophy and appreciation for an indigenous plant palette; Thomas Church for his promotion of the modernist movement and the garden as an extension of interior space; Peter Walker for his dedication to project design all the way through to the completion of the built product; and “my Midwestern roots and work ethic.”

Education

Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, University of Illinois

Affiliations

2015 Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects

Recognition

2002 National Association of Home Builders Gold Award, “Best of Seniors Housing Design,” Sun City Takatsuki, Osaka-Fu, Japan.

2001 ASLA National Honor Award, SGI Amphitheatre Technology Center (ATC) and Charleston Park, Mountain View, California.

2000 ASLA Centennial Award, SGI Amphitheatre Technology Center (ATC) and Charleston Park, Mountain View, California

1999 ASLA Centennial Medallion, SGI Amphitheatre Technology Center (ATC) and Charleston Park, Mountain View, California

1991 National Association of Industrial and Office Parks, Best of NAIOP, Best Mixed Use Development and Best Hardscape/Landscape, Arizona Center, Phoenix, Arizona

1990 Arizona Landscape Contractors Award of Distinction (Two Arizona Center), Arizona Center, Phoenix, Arizona

Dream project

“A large public park in China not unlike New York’s Central Park or San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park… China has the growth potential to make this dream project a reality.”
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