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Every other week we highlight a member of our CGS team. Let's get to know John Peck.
Years at CGS?
What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?
When I moved to LA to study architecture, I was advised to pick up a Thomas Guide before driving anywhere. It opened up all of Southern California to my curious mind. From hiking in the Santa Monica Mountains to visiting Case Study Houses, Eichler Homes, or classic “coffee shop” diners like Bob’s Big Boy, I became acquainted with a whole new world that inspires me to this day.
What made you want to work in the architecture field?
Always attracted by architecture and design in general, in college, I came across a book on Morphosis’ Diamond Ranch High School in Pomona, CA. A typical public high school with an atypical design, it opened my eyes to the potential of architecture to engage creatively in the public realm. It took a couple more years before I realized the obvious and moved to LA to study architecture.
What do you like most about working with CGS?
Educational design has fascinated me for many years, primarily for the potential to create inspiring places for learning. The program type allows for a relatively high level of creativity and design experimentation that reflects the aspirations of a caring community. I feel most fortunate to be working with others equally passionate about designing places for learning.
Holton-Arms' Learning Commons in Bethesda, MD.
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