In the Community

CORA NW: John founded the local chapter of a national organization dedicated to improving the quality of residential design. This informal grassroots group now counts nearly 150 members who meet monthly to share ideas about a range of topics from affordable design and new technologies to prefab construction and alternative energy. Click here to see community projects

Pro Bono Work

Since its inception, da+ has set a goal of taking on at least one pro bono project a year. Over the past years, the firm has helped create a family reading room, preserved an historic barn on Whidbey Island, and designed workspaces for several non-profits. In 2007, da+ joined The 1% Solution in helping raise awareness of how design can contribute to the ‘greater good’. Add link to building community


DeForest Architects co-founded this collaboration of small firms dedicated to developing innovative urban housing prototypes that are more affordable and sustainable.


John has given seminars at the American Institute of Architects on how to work with an architect and on the firm’s unique approach to working closely with clients.