Washington, D.C. Architecture Office Welcomes New Higher Education Principal

John Knickmeyer, AIA, LEED AP, is passionate about the power of higher education and the design of campus facilities.  As John observes, “The time spent in college represents an amazing period in a person’s development. It is satisfying to know that our work on a campus will in subtle ways contribute to each student’s development and to the overall growth of the university and the community it shares.” 

As the new higher education principal in HDR’s Washington, D.C. architecture practice, John serves as the primary point of contact for our higher education clients, in addition to helping secure and deliver new college and university projects. Additionally, he participates in the office’s leadership group to help shape and implement our overall practice strategies.

"HDR's integrated design services and project design portfolio have a depth and breadth that are unrivaled in the industry," he says. "It will be extremely rewarding to help grow HDR’s legacy of design and technical innovation in support of developing leading-edge learning environments."

The firm's core values resonate with John, especially our "client for life" philosophy.  Throughout his 30-year career, John has held himself personally accountable for the quality of his projects and for earning and maintaining his clients’ trust. His understanding of campus master planning, programming, interactive learning environments, systems integration, and energy-conscious sustainable design helps his clients achieve their project goals and promote their educational missions.

“John is a well-respected architect, practice leader, and mentor, and he is a welcome addition to the office leadership team," says Steve Manlove, managing principal of the Washington, D.C. architecture practice. "His joining signals the start of a new chapter in the office as we broaden our reach in local/regional public, private, and community higher education institutions."