John Parezo, AIA leads the firm with over 37 years of experience as an architect, planner, and business leader. In his tenure John has developed a keen knowledge of the intricate processes that make projects successful, and works in California, Oregon, Arizona, Texas, South Carolina, Florida, as well as consulting projects in Central America. He is a critical thinker, and pro-active leader with an enthusiastic roll-up-your-sleeves attitude.
Born and raised in South Dakota, John is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley. After school John spent his first years practicing in the San Francisco Bay Area, and later relocated to work in southern California. Since 1989 he has managed a practice in Ventura County and has been principal for a national commercial/industrial Architectural group. After 9 years as managing Principal of Cal-Am Planning & Design Group, John completed the ownership transition of JPA Strategies Group, a full-service firm in 2013.
A true believer that leadership and inter-personal skills are vital to successful client relationships and projects, John has served on boards of numerous non-profit organizations, including Boys & Girls Clubs and the Salvation Army. John has been both President of the San Fernando Valley Chapter and regional delegate to the California Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. He provides various institutions with development and expansion guidance, and advises various organizations on brand management and development. John has served as an advisory director for a national property management company and was a Commissioner for the State Oral Exam process for the California Architects Board for 17 years. John and his wife Anna have been married for 29 years and have two children.
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