In another life, John would have been an architect. Instead, he has managed to fit design into a corporate career in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. Entrepreneurial and idea-oriented, John applies the principles of design to creating organizational structures and systems just as he does when designing furniture or architectural renderings.
Garden Oaks Fine Accommodation (GOFA) took shape, initially, as a hobby, a testbed for experimentation in both design and the application of certain records and knowledge management concepts from a small business perspective. Today, John is in-house designer and intellectual capital guru mapping the relationships and capacities that make GOFA work.
It takes a deeper look to see the design and project management threads that form part of the tapestry of John's work, for example:
- analysis of functional needs and unique location characteristics to devise a design standard for the administrative offices of 500 offices of the then Ministry of Social Services, Province of British Columbia;
- client lead / subject matter expert in the design and implementation of "built-to-suit" space as part of re-energizing an undervalued organisational unit;
- periodic role as Facilities Manager and Director, Administrative Services providing insights into budget, office and housing projects from two very different levels of responsibility;
- remedial renovation of an exhibit hall for preservation and display of archival artifacts, Hong Kong SAR Government;
- residential projects including long and short term accommodation, "from the ground up" renovation, a high-end villa, etc. These projects involved design of lighting systems, interiors, architectural structure (for engineer's signoff) and unique elements such as a custom 1 x 1.5 metre tall ship weather vane.