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  • Master of Architecture, University of Washington 
  • Registered Architect, Washington 

  • Meyer Wolfe Award for Lifetime Achievement 
  • ASLA National Award for the Central Puget Sound Regional Open Space Strategy 
  • Member, University of Washington Department of Urban Design and Planning Professionals Council 
  • Former chair, Seattle Planning Commission 

John Owen 

Partner Emeritus

AIA




John is an artist, urban designer, architect, planner, and storyteller. As a partner at MAKERS through 2020, he has made an indelible impact on the urban design and planning profession, on work ranging from waterfronts and public improvement projects to site master planning, comprehensive planning, and urban design projects. Of particular note is the work he did to draft the region’s first set of design guidelines and to assist the State of Washington Department of Ecology on the state shoreline management rules. John is known for his unparalleled design and graphic skills, as well as his ability to built consensus to act on difficult planning and urban design issues. As a constant observer, critic and thinker, he has dedicated his life to understanding the human experience, natural systems and cultural change and applying his observations to help create people-oriented places that foster healthy ecological systems. 

Now as partner emeritus, John focuses on challenging projects requiring innovative solutions to address current issues, including housing, adaptation to climate change, regional ecological sustainability, and downtown revitalization.

  • Meyer Wolfe Award for Lifetime Achievement 
  • ASLA National Award for the Central Puget Sound Regional Open Space Strategy 
  • Member, University of Washington Department of Urban Design and Planning Professionals Council 
  • Former chair, Seattle Planning Commission 

  • Master of Architecture, University of Washington 
  • Registered Architect, Washington 

Get To Know John

What’s the most inspiring part of your job? Helping to build stronger communities. Looking back at the numerous successful communities I’ve had the privilege of assisting give me much satisfaction. 

What currently most interests you about community building? Building consensus for action. To that end, I’ve been researching recent insights from the social sciences and incorporating them into my practice.   

What’s a goal you have for yourself that you’d like to accomplish in the next year? I’d like to assist in the revitalization of Downtown Seattle.