John Reese Portrait

Founder-Principal

John Reese [AIA LEED AP]

John Reese AIA LEED AP is a practicing architect living in Raleigh, North Carolina and is the founder of REESE ATELIER IGNITE; a full-service architecture studio specializing in modern shelters, adaptive re-use projects and solutions of place for residential, commercial and civic clients.

John is a design advocate whose leadership combines fiduciary responsibility and personal connection. His ultimate goal is to implement resilient design concepts while building and maintaining long-term relationships with clients, colleagues and communities.

John received his Masters of Architecture from Oklahoma State University and is a LEED certified professional. His design career spans 25 years and his work has been honored with several local, state and regional AIA Design Awards in addition to his First Place Jury Award for the inaugural George Matsamoto Prize.

John has worked with the most respected firms in North Carolina’s Triangle region including, Weinstein Friedlein Architects in Carrboro; Duda/Paine Architects in Durham, where he transitioned from Design Team Leader to Director of Business Development; and Clearscapes, PA, Raleigh where he was a Senior Design Team Leader/Project Architect helping build the firm’s reputation for award-winning architecture, historic redevelopment and urbanism.

John completed his professional internship working with top-level design firms Pei Cobb Freed and Partners, New York and Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo Associates, New Haven, Connecticut. He has held fulltime academic positions with two major universities; the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, College of Fine and Applied Arts, and Oklahoma State University, School of Architecture. In addition, he frequently serves as an Adjunct Professor of Architecture and Visiting Critic for the College of Design at North Carolina State University.