John Hovis

Project Architect

Looking back, a career in architecture seemed like an obvious choice, considering John grew up in a family of artists and engineers. He even helped design an addition to his family’s “Brady Bunch” style home while in junior high. The Ohio native went on to study architecture at the University of Cincinnati before working for a small Midwest architectural firm where he honed his residential design skills for the next fifteen years. John made his way to the DC area in 2009 and has been designing homes throughout Arlington and McLean since. There are many past and present architects that influence John’s work, but Vitruvius continues to be the most inspirational. The ancient Roman imparted three attributes for all buildings: firmitas, utilitas, and venustas (strength, utility, and beauty). John enjoys successfully combining these qualities with each project’s design goals, creating new spaces our clients will love.


John and his wife, Donna, reside in Arlington and enjoy the many offerings in the DMV. The local jazz scene (a favorite is Georgetown’s Blues Alley), local wineries, and seasonal events like Christmas in Middleburg are among their favorites.

What is your ideal weekend getaway?

The dream version would be cruising Italy’s Lake Como in a classic Riva with my wife. Our typical getaway is to a nearby city or town to explore the food, culture, history, and of course, the architecture!

What’s on your bookshelf?

Tons of books spanning a wide range of subjects, but mostly architecture, travel, and design. We also have family photos, travel mementos and some of my sister’s pottery filling the shelves.

Which three people do you invite to a dinner party?

Robin Williams, John Stewart and Julia Child. There’s an endless list of people I could think of, but that would be fun group.

If you knew you couldn’t fail, what would you try?

I would go big and run for president! Short commute from residence to office - perfect!

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