John C. Kohlhas, AIA

Principal, Architecture

"For most of my career I have worked with institutional clients engaged in important missions and for whom new space is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Over and over again I am reminded of the truth that made most of us get into this field….that places profoundly affect the way people feel and interact. For me there is nothing more enjoyable and fulfilling than working with a group to uncover the social interactions, traditions and aspirations that might make up their organization’s best character and then finding ways to foster and reflect these in a new place."

Following Syracuse University, the first 26 years of John’s career led him to the presidency of GBQC Architects where he planned, designed and managed projects ranging from modest renovations to multi-building campuses while enjoying the collegial environment of a nationally recognized design firm. In 2006, John merged GBQC with Cubellis taking the helm of that firm’s academic practice nationally and helping to develop the team in Philadelphia, now Environetics. John’s work in higher education is wide-ranging including academic buildings for individual schools within a university, general classrooms, science and research, as well as libraries, sports and recreation facilities, conference centers and campus plans. John recently completed a gymnasium conversion at Rutgers University, a feasibility study for the Physics Complex at UConn, and he is working on the new School of Education at The College of New Jersey. Another design interest is senior care, particularly settings for skilled care, dementia and rehabilitation. He recently completed Delaware’s first and only Veterans Home and is excited about the design of Kennedy Healthcare Center’s new 60-bed Sub-acute facility now under construction. John has worked with federal agencies including the GSA, VA, DOL and FBOP and for state agencies in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.

One of John’s passions is large-group collaborative planning – charrettes, workshops and multi-departmental programming, the topic of his work-shop at the 2009 National Conference of the Society of College and University Planners where he has been a regular contributor and is now a member of the Mid-Atlantic Counsel. A frequent juror at local architecture and interior design schools, John works to establish a spirit of life-long learning and excellence in the studio at Environetics.