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John F. Shaw has practiced architecture in the state of Iowa since 1986. He has owned his own architectural consulting firm since 1999.

In addition to his Master's Degree in Architecture (Iowa State University, Ames), John holds a B.A. in English from the University of Iowa in Iowa City. He has designed and overseen the completion of buildings that include corporate offices, affordable housing, laboratories, schools, theatres, churches, civic projects, and justice architecture.

As the result of this breadth of experience, John knows that the following are vital to clients' satisfaction: attention to clear communication, collaboration on each phase of the project, and the building of consensus.

As a sole practitioner, Architect John Shaw is responsible for providing the full range of architectural services from inception through substantial completion. While he employs a draftsperson, the requisite engineers, and selects architectural support per the unique requirements of each project, he is responsible for comprehensive design, coordination, document review and delivery to the Owner.

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Professional Registrations / Accreditations

  • American Institute of Architects (1992)
  • LEED Accredited Professional (2004)
  • LEED Accredited Professional BD+C [Primary Specialty] GBCI #48025 (2010)
  • National Council of Architectural Registration Board #42470 (1992)
  • Registered Architect - State of Iowa (1991)
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Awards and Recognition

  • Englert Civic Theater: "Preservation at Its Best – Large Commercial Structure" Award 2005: Iowa Historic Preservation Alliance
  • Englert Civic Theater: "Commercial Project – Historic Preservation" Award 2005: City of Iowa City
  • 9 individual design awards presented by The Iowa City Historic Preservation Commission over a number of years
  • Systems Unlimited Inc. publication "New Approach Results in High Building Efficiency", case study:
  • "Iowa Project Showcases Geothermal source, Dedicated Outdoor Air, Radiant Heating and Cooling", CES Group Inc. News, April 2008 - [ Read Article ]
  • Johnson County Conservation Board: "Johnson County Buildings Earn Gold Sustainability Rating", Daily Iowan, July 26, 2011 - [ Read Article ]
  • Green Building and Design Magazine: "Iowa City", January/February 2013 - [ Read Article ]

Englert Civic Theater: Local Press Coverage

  • 2000 Persons of the Year: Englert Civic Theatre Group, Press Citizen, November 16, 2010 - [ Read Article ]
  • Englert Centennial, The Gazette, October 7, 2012 - [ Read Article ]
  • Englert Theatre kicks off 100th Anniversary celebration, Daily Iowan, October 11, 2012 - [ Read Article ]
  • Englert Theatre one for the ages, Press Citizen, October 18, 2012 - [ Read Article ]
  • Exhibit celebrates 100 years of The Englert Theatre, Press Citizen, October 14, 2012 - [ Read Article ]
  • Our View: Help the Englert survive at least another century, Press Citizen, September 28, 2012 - [ Read Article ]