John is a Principal and Cofounder of Houseal Lavigne Associates and has established himself as one of the nation’s top urban planning professionals with a reputation as a leader in urban planning, contemporary development practices, and community outreach. John has directed, managed, and assisted with a wide range of planning assignments including comprehensive plans, corridor plans, downtown plans, neighborhood plans, master development/site plans, and more.
John received a Bachelor’s degree in environmental sciences from the University of Michigan and a Master’s degree in environmental and urban planning from Arizona State University. Prior to cofounding Houseal Lavigne Associates, John was a Principal and the Director of Urban Planning for URS Corporation, where he oversaw and directed the firm’s urban planning and community development projects, often coordinating on assignments throughout the country.
John has been a featured speaker at national, regional, state, and local events and conferences for issues related to urban planning, zoning, transportation, context sensitive design, and environmental issues and is recognized as one of the top community facilitators in the region. John has received several professional planning awards and distinctions, including several awards from the Illinois Chapter of the American Planning Association and the DePaul University Chaddick Institute Development Award. John has also been inducted into the Lambda Alpha International, an international honorary fraternity for professional excellence in the field of land economics.