John Clegg

John Clegg AIA, LEED AP

Principal / Design


Growing up, John Clegg lived in France for several years which led to an appreciation and respect for different cultures. He gained a broader world view that has proven to be important to his professional pursuits as an architect. This early exposure to places with historical significance helps him understand how his own projects can have a positive, and lasting, effect on their surroundings. Throughout his career, he has been recognized for a design approach based on in-depth understanding of cultural and contextual project components. His award-winning work includes many high-profile private and public sector projects, both domestic and international.

Known for bringing creativity to each project, John develops design solutions that respect client requirements, established budgets and schedules, and site environmental conditions. He sums up his personal approach to architectural design as follows: “I feel that it is necessary to find creative solutions that allow the client to stretch their vision, even those projects that have the tightest budgets.”

One design challenge that John found memorable was the master plan for the ADNOC Petroleum Institute, located at the entrance to the island of Abu Dhabi. The vision evolved as John and his team investigated novel solutions that would create a landmark campus while integrating a mix of existing one-off buildings. They also had to understand the drastic changes to higher education that were taking place at the time within the United Arab Emirates to ensure the project would successfully serve the client’s long-term needs.