John McCampbell, AIASenior Associate
When did you know you wanted to be a designer?
I was a touring musician for years so when I went back to college, I wanted to do something different. I had always loved architecture, so I decided to go back to school and get my M.Arch. It wasn’t an immediate wake-up call. More like a slow migration toward an equally enjoyable career.
What’s the biggest highlight of your career?
Musically, releasing two internationally-marketed albums. Architecturally, being an integral part of Oath’s 9th floor redesign—a project considered a reflection of the new company’s emergence.
What would Spotify say is your most-played track?
I don’t really listen to Spotify much. It says my most-played track is “I Only Have Eyes for You,” by Chris Connor with Maynard Ferguson. That probably checks out.
What’s the best thing about working at Mancini?
Currently I would say it’s playing in our office band—SLAB RETENTION—and my great coworkers!
Best advice you’ve ever received?
Off the top of my head, I have nothing…but I exist because of millions of learned lessons, so maybe I would say “Always try to gain something from any lesson, no matter how hard that may seem at the time.” That’s actually me giving myself advice, I guess.
What’s one accomplishment you’re most proud of?
Rebuilding custom furniture pieces for the Darwin Martin House, a Frank Lloyd Wright house in Buffalo, New York.