"World-Class Architecture is achieved through a close collaboration with
the client -- a shared vision, that moves from planning function and budgeting to a final
expression of flawless massing, studied proportion, and meticulous detailing, where the
skillful handling of materials invokes a timeless composition, a true work of art."
John Henry Architect
is licensed in Florida (AR 13013) and Texas (AR 10945)
and holds NCARB (National Council of Architectural Registration Boards)
holds a Bachelor in Environmental Design and Master of Architecture from Texas A&M
University. He has lived and studied in Europe and Asia Minor for over 18 years. This
direct exposure to Ancient and Renaissance architecture was codified with Modernist theory
and comprises a unique platform which allows diversity in style and content. A balanced
approach to 20th century architecture insures a depth and versatility that is difficult to
match. Each composition must reach beyond function to achieve artistic repose. "The
work must breathe a certain soul and drama."
Having apprenticed at 3D/International in Houston he
formed a partnership in Austin before relocating his practice to Orlando, Florida.
Now associated with Robert Harris and Bernie Johnson (HJH), he
also has contributed in a lead design capacity with HHCP/ International on a wide variety
of projects in Japan, NE Africa, and the United States ranging from exotic resort
community and hospitality/ theme park planning to remodeling of restaurant-catering
facilities. [Click here for additional background information, awards and recommendations] Architect John Henry is cognizant of budgetary and investment criteria
as he develops a truly exclusive statement for each of his clients.
Right Top: Waterfront development scheme for San
Architect John Henry approaches each project with a
fundamental view that no single theory of design can be employed universally to all
building types. This means that at every instance site, client, context, and architect are
combined (to solve a building program) the result can only be one-of-a kind. A
prejudicial belief imposed by either client or architect at the onset of the design
process in how the resultant structure should appear, for example, can only limit possibly
better solutions that may be discovered following a thorough investigation of all project
This does not imply that standard materials and methods are ignored but that the nearly
best results will arise when all factors are weighed against function and form including:
vehicular and pedestrian approach/ site layout, landscape amenities, micro and macro
environments, research into building prototype and historical precedence, interior
planning and circulation, specific activities and information networks and flow,
psychological and social imperatives, materials availability, local construction practices
and level of skill, immediate gains and long-term flexibility and expansion, marketability
and income generation/ tax consequences, time schedule, budget, and degree of design
excellence expected. Style then is a result of many factors (as the above) which, when
assessed in regards to each other, will naturally dictate form.
If the scope of a project dictates a team approach with several consultants involved in
order to optimize function and project delivery then Mr. Henry insists that the Prime
Designer be in control of all aesthetic decisions regarding form and materials inside and
out. Design integrity can never be preserved otherwise. The many accolades, citations, and
recognition for work well done is a result of his efforts to maintain the integrity of the
work by virtue of uncompromising attention to detail and painstaking concentration and
effort over all aspects of the design on behalf of the clients best interests and to
further the art of architecture.
John Henrys commitment to his art is a reflection of professional goals which
must be maintained in order to "make buildings once again important and
valuable". Personal time is spent in continual research and theoretical
investigation. The immediate benefit to his client is a World View and proficiency in
design which is the cornerstone of his work. The contemporary expression in ones
time must acknowledge precedent and historical development. Each new building must look
forward but be grounded on unchanging ideal architectonic principles. That, although
developed through centuries of applied technical and artful deliberation, each new work
can achieve its own distinct identity and originality.
Years of technical and theoretical experience gleaned from a variety of projects in
scope yields an advantage of flexibility and immediate commencement with exacting clarity
and purpose. Rapid conceptual response follows a comprehensive review of client goals and
site implications. Concise alternatives are developed from which immediate feedback and
fine-tuning can proceed in order to arrive at the ultimate architectural solution in as
short a tame possible. At the critical first stage it is a priority to assist the client
in getting the project off the ground for marketing or financing purposes and
to make a clear statement of design intent. The highest possible level of design
development and technical project management must follow to complete execution.
Competition entry for a mid-rise office block in Austin, Texas. (Ryan+Henry)
Above: 'Villa Serena' custom luxury residence.
Programming and Site Analysis, Feasibility Studies, Conceptual
Design, Design Development, Construction Documents, Specifications and Contract
Administration. In addition, we can provide Leasing Plans, Town and Community
Planning, Landscape Architecture, Remodeling, and Interior Architecture.
Project Types: R&D facilities, Commercial Office and
Retail, Restaurant/ Food Services, Multifamily, Resort and Theme Facilities, Ecotourism
and Streetscape, Hotel and Motel, Healthcare, and Residential.
We are Florida and Texas based with offices in
Orlando Florida and Austin Texas. Florida and Texas Architects
licensed to practice in all states accepting NCARB certification.
Please contact us to describe your
project and receive a design proposal.
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