As the #1-ranked multifamily architecture firm in North America, Humphreys & Partners relies on our incredible team from around the world to create innovative, one-of-a-kind communities. John Ruthven, serves as a Project Architect at the Humphreys’ Chicago office. As a Project Architect, John manages projects on a day-to-day basis. Most of his time involves coordination of design consultants and some in-house/Uruguay staff to take projects from Design Development through Construction Administration. Let’s get to know John outside (and inside) the office and see what makes him a true icon of #HumphreysHeroes culture:
- What is your alma mater?
Port Huron Northern High School. Go Huskies! University of Michigan for undergrad and University of Southern California for grad.
- Where did you grow up?
A planet unpronounceable to humans…then Port Huron, MI. Go Huskies! Still growing up really.
- Who is your favorite architect and how do they inspire you?
Daniel Calugareanu, a talented guy out of Romania, is somewhat new on the scene but doing some really interesting stuff in Chicago. I can’t wait to see what he does with his basement redesign. Also Charles Swanson, big fan. He always brings a unique perspective to our low to mid-rise projects. He really brings that 10,000-foot view, he sees how the parts work together as a whole and he is tall.
- If you were not an architect, what would you be doing?
I would probably be in jail or dead, architecture truly saved me.
- What would be your last meal?
A slice of cheese pizza from Sabaros and a personal Pizza Hut pizza from Target together at the same food court.
- What is the best concert you have ever been to?
Definitely Britney Spears but which of the 10 times was best? Ugh…I can’t.
- What is the best book you have read recently?
The Choose Your Own Adventure book, “You are a Shark.” I haven’t read a new book in a while.
We hope you have enjoyed getting to know John, one of our world-class team members here at HPA! Stay tuned for more #HumphreysHeroes blog posts in the future. In the meantime, engage with us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram for all things HPA-related.