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John Cantrell

John is part of the interiors group in Atlanta and one of the firm’s most adamant Sustainable Champions. Though he claims to exist in an erratically confused state about what is right and wrong in design and life — and says that his sentences are “oddly coherent” — most people don’t have any trouble understanding what he is saying.

John’s work spans many disciplines, from architectural competitions and commercial interiors to product design. When asked to summarize his ideal project type, his simple response — “public” — reveals his dedication to the inspiration and impact that public work can have on society.

After starting as a chemistry undergraduate in Alabama, John studied design at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and then continued at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in Georgia.

His passion for pursuing new opportunities and love for both the outdoors and college football keep him in the south. Yet his projects and travels within HOK's network of offices make John feel like part of something global as he shares in the dreams of others.

John’s pragmatic appreciation for high design has given him a worldly, ideological view on life. He is no stranger to the kind of late-night design conversations that creep slowly into the first minutes of dawn. We hope the passion that drives these conversations and the proximity to those at HOK who he can share them will keep him here for years to come.

(written by Colin)

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