John is a leading figure in healthcare design and has been a principal in practice for 32 years. He is actively engaged in reshaping the healthcare environment and improving and re-forming its architecture, combining an expert understanding of health planning with genuine design skills at both a strategic and a detailed level.
JCA has already designed projects in the UK, Ireland, South Africa, Iceland and Australia. This provides John with an international perspective and a wide ranging knowledge of best practice. He has led government report panels and provided peer review on major projects in the UK and Australia.
John co-founded Avanti Architects in 1981, pioneering social architecture and designing a wide range of residential, community and regeneration projects. In 1995 he led the design team for the ACaD Centre which became, clinically and architecturally, a pivotal building in the development of hospital design. On the strength of this project Avanti developed rapidly as a major healthcare practice under his leadership.
After twenty years at Avanti, John joined Anshen Dyer (reformed as Anshen + Allen in 2006) as healthcare director and in his seven years at A+A was responsible for 12 major projects from complex tertiary hospitals for oncology, paediatrics and maternity to innovative community facilities and competition winning mental health units.
He is a regular speaker at conferences in the UK and overseas and has written for the major architectural journals in the UK. He is the chair of Architects for Health and is actively engaged in this organisation. He has been a judge for the BBH awards and contributed to NHS Design Reviews.