John Simones AIA, design director, joined Jerde in 1984 to work on the architecture and design of the Los Angeles Summer Olympics. Working closely with founder Jon Jerde over the past several decades, John has become one of the firm’s lead urban designers and architects on some of Jerde’s most complex and innovative projects. John was involved in the concept of Canal City Hakata in Fukuoka, Japan, the firm’s first mixed- use project in Asia. He also developed the original urban design for Universal City in Los Angeles, a master plan that has had considerable influence on the planning profession, ultimately leading to Universal CityWalk. The award-winning CityWalk was dubbed the first “urban entertainment district,” inspiring a new model for public attraction, inspiring a new model for public attraction, which continues to be replicated worldwide.
John’s work, including design lead on the award-winning and highly recognized Kanyon in Istanbul and Riverwalk Kitakyushu in Japan, has further evolved Jerde’s place-making design philosophy around the globe. John’s work with Jerde has helped to evolve the architectural discipline, which the firm has created and continues to pioneer: experiential design and placemaking, a discipline that is being applied in hundreds of locations worldwide. John earned a Bachelor of Science in Architecture, magna cum laude, from the University of Detroit and a Master of Architecture from the University of Southern California.