John Biggar

Professional Experience

Over (22) years professional experience as a licensed architect, (8) years with major design driven architectural firm and (16) years as the managing partner of a small, design driven, architectural practice.  Professional experience is broad based and across all disciplines including planning and pre-design services, design, production documents, field supervision and organizational management.  Additional residential developer experience for the past (10) years for a 6.5 million+ adaptive reuse and historic loft conversion.  Additionally, construction project management and supervision experience of construction projects, combined with real estate owner experience on (2) projects brings a unique professional perspective and experience background.

studiozONE, l.l.c.   
Detroit, Michigan    

January 1995 - present    

Managing Partner

Managing Partner for design orientated architectural firm with additional emphasis on historic renovations and adaptive reuse.  Involved in all aspects of the business, design and project management.  

Project Architect for the following selected projects:
• Huntington Woods Recreation Center Expansion/Addition,
    Huntington Woods, Michigan (Michigan AIA Award Winner)
• Library Lofts Renovation & Adaptive Re-use, Detroit, Michigan
• Harmonie Club /Centre Street Pub Renovation, Detroit, Michigan
• Iodent Building Lofts/Centaur Bar Renovation, Detroit, Michigan
• Hillwood House Renovation/Addition, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
• 200-208 W. Michigan Loft Conversion, Ypsilanti, Michigan
• Nextel Telecommunications, (10) United States locations
• Thompson Block Historic Renovation & Lofts, Ypsilanti, Michigan
• Como’s Restaurant, Detroit, Michigan
• Hamtramck Streetscape Improvements, Hamtramck, Michigan
• Dental Advisor Headquarters, Ann Arbor, Michigan
• Detroit Facade Improvement Program, Detroit, Michigan
• Research Lofts Renovation & Adaptive Reuse, Detroit, Michigan
• City of Detroit NSP II Home Renovations, Detroit, Michigan
• Detroit Windsor Tunnel Renovation & Addition, Detroit, Michigan
• Leland Hotel Renovation, Detroit, Michigan
• Brotherhood of the Maintenance of Way Headquarters Renovation, Novi, MI
• City of Hamtramck NSP II Home Renovations, Hamtramck, Michigan
• City of Highland Park Historic District, NSP II Home Renovations
• University of Detroit Mercy Titan Hall Renovation, Detroit, Michigan
• Fermi II Toilet and Locker Room Renovation, Newport, Michigan

Associate Architect for the following selected projects:
• Detroit Life Building Renovation, Detroit, Michigan (for IHI Architecture)

Construction Manager for the following selected projects:
• Research Lofts Interior Build-Outs, Detroit, Michigan ($3.1 million)
• SES Offices, Berkley, Michigan (LEED, Gold-Level Certified) ($600,000)
• Library Lofts Build-Out, Detroit, Michigan ($60,000)
• 1456 Woodward Lofts Build-Out, Detroit, Michigan ($50,000)

Integrity Building Group, LLC
Detroit, Michigan    

December 2011 - present    


• Grand Army of the Republic Historic Renovation, Detroit, Michigan
• Superette Market, Detroit, Michigan
• University of Detroit-Mercy Titan Hall Renovation, Detroit, Michigan
• Ally Bank 19th Floor Interior Renovation, Renaissance Center, Detroit, Michigan
• Ally Bank Interior Renovations, Tower 200, Renaissance Center, Detroit, Michigan
• Orchards Children’s Center MEP Engineering, Southfield, Michigan
• WCS Lending Office Renovation, Southfield, Michigan
• Harvest Express Renvoation, Detroit, Michigan
• O’Sullivan Distribution Office Renovation, Flint, Michigan
• Mynt Lounge, Renovation & Conversion, Southfield, Michigan
• Detroit Economic Growth Corporation HVAC Energy Improvement Program, 1407, 1435 & 1502 Randolph, 311 E. Grand River Avenue, Detroit, Michigan
• Rosedale Park Community Center Renovation, Detroit, Michigan
• Belding Offices Tenant Suites Construction, Belding, Michigan
• 449 Willis Historic Apartment Renovation, Detroit, Michigan

5766 Trumbull LLC
Detroit, Michigan    

October 2001 - present    


Co-developer for historic renovation and adaptive reuse of an existing, nationally historic, factory building into thirty five, residential, for-sale condominium loft units.  

• Project Architect including preparing all architectural drawings and coordination with engineering consultants (mechanical, electrical, plumbing, structural, civil and landscaping), finish and material selections, obtaining building permit for construction and on-site Project Architect.
• Coordination and preparation of historic drawings and documents for historic tax credits and preparation of information for Brownfield tax credits.
•  Project Construction Manager responsible for final $1.5 million of construction including management of all interior finishes and construction including related MEP trades.
•  Sales & Marketing responsibilities included developing marketing strategies and implementation for all print and web-based and direct preparation of all print media marketing materials.
• 25% Owner of project with associated Owner responsibilities
• Construction Manager and Designer for (35) individual loft units including ordering of materials, scheduling of construction, daily oversight and quality control for all construction

Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo & Associates

Hamden, Connecticut

September 1989 - June 1996
Project Architect/Designer

    Various responsibilities including conceptual design, design development and contract documents, model construction, computer 3-D modeling, construction documents, project management

Selected Projects:
• NationsBank Plaza/NationsBank Headquarters Tower, Atlanta, Georgia
• NationsBank Plaza Conference Center & Branch Bank, Atlanta, Georgia
• Pontiac Marina Westin Hotel
• Pontiac Marina Millenia Office Towers (117A & 117B), Singapore
• San Francisco State Office Building Competition
• Potsdamer Platz Mixed-Use Development and Sony Headquarters                   Competition, Berlin, Germany
• United States Embassy Competition, Berlin, Germany
• Lucent Technologies Headquarters, Murray Hill, New Jersey
• New York Holocaust Museum Interiors, New York, New York
• United Nations Development Corporation Hotel Renovation
    (Millennium UN Plaza Hotel), New York, New York
• U.S. Federal Court House Competition, Omaha, Nebraska
• U.S. Federal Court House Competition, San Diego, California
• Metropolitan Museum of Art Renovations, New York, New York
    - Chinese Exhibit
    - Bookstore Renovations
    - Rooftop Restaurant
• Merck Pharmaceutical Headquarters, Cherry Hill, New Jersey
• Corning Glass Headquarters, Corning, New York
• Denver Center for the Performing Arts Master Plan Renovations, Denver
• Dr. Roy Vagelos Residence, Far Hills, New Jersey

Professional Registration

Connecticut, 1993    Michigan, 1996    Colorado, 1999    
Arizona, 1998    Missouri, 1998    Illinois, 1999
Texas, 1999
NCARB Certificate Holder


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign            
Master of Architecture, 1989 (Graduated with Honors)

Lawrence Technological University                
Bachelor of Science in Architecture, 1987 (Magna Cum Laude)

Academic Experience
Lawrence Technological University/Undergraduate Program
Winter 2001 - present
Adjunct Professor of Architecture

Invited guest lecturer at University of Detroit-Mercy and University of Michigan

Invited guest lecturer at the University of Detroit Mercy/School of Architecture, Fall 1999.

Invited participant at Cubus Corporation Seminar on Design/Build, Summer 1999.

“Young Architects, Planners and their Clients in Detroit”, presented by the Center for Livable Communities, AIA National. Sponsored by the Regional and Urban Design Committee, AIA National. April 1999

“Legacy 300-Detroit” Motown Center + Sanders Building Renovation, April 1999

Invited participant at Greater Downtown Partnership Task Force on Loft Code Issues, January 1999

Member of American Institute of Architectsʼ Public Awareness Committee, 1997-present

“Detroit’s Next” Young Architecture Firm to Watch, HOUR Detroit, July/August 1997

SeedlingMotors, the Left Bank, Spring 1996

Competition Winning Entry - ACSA/General Motors “Factory of the Future” Design Research Competition - Project Manager,  1986-87 Lawrence Technological University

1988 AIAS Design Competition, Second Place - “Arrival in Arabia: An International Airport for Jedda”

construcTWO, l.l.c.    March 2000 - October 2001    
Construction and Project Manager

Construction manager for the following selected projects:

• Hammes Company/Ford Field Cabinets/Suite Mock-up, Detroit, Michigan
• Xperience/Ford Motor Company, A/V Cabinets, Dearborn, Michigan

Academic Honors

First Place, 1986/87 ACSA/General Motors International/Interdisciplinary Design Research Competition - “Factory of the Future: An Automobile Factory for the Year 2000

Second Place, 1988 AIAS Design Competition - “Arrival in Arabia: An International Airport for Jedda”

1988 Paris Prize Competition representative for the University of Illinois

John Biggar resume
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