HMC welcomes John A. MacAllister as a principal-in-charge (PIC) of the firm’s civic and justice practice. John is a dedicated and innovative PIC with a proven track record of effectively delivering public-sector projects both nationally and internationally. John’s interpersonal communication skills make him a strong leader in the development of integrated project teams and in managing client expectations. He is a skilled programmer and planner with a hands-on approach to project conceptualization and development.

“With his vast experience on justice projects, John is a great addition to the senior leadership of HMC’s San Francisco studio and civic/justice practice,” said Beverly Prior, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C, president of HMC Architects. “What I appreciate about John is that he is in tune with the evolving aspects of our industry. He is smart, a great listener and he knows how to deliver!”

Prior to joining HMC, John was a director at KMD Architects where he was a senior member of the Justice Division for more than 17 years. John’s core expertise lies in the leadership and management of large multidisciplinary teams of staff and consultants for projects of unusual complexity, and for the “big picture” conceptual development of those projects. He has decades of senior level experience in project management, the master planning, programming, planning and design of both large and small criminal justice, secured mental/medical health, and civic facility projects for federal, state, county and municipal clients throughout the country and internationally. He has worked on projects utilizing the full spectrum of delivery methodologies and has applied his skills to all phases of project development. Construction costs for projects have ranged from $5 million for a secured juvenile treatment facility in Norwalk, CA to $770 million for the largest new mental health complex in the Middle East.

John is a strategic thinker, a skilled consensus-builder among client groups, a capable problem solver, and is particularly adept at understanding his clients, their needs, and the importance of creating both professional and personal relationships with them. He believes that a successful project effort—including the requisites of meeting budget, schedule and quality/aesthetic obligations—will result in the gratification of all stakeholders in the project (staff, client and the public), unqualified success for the firm-at-large, and the greater goal of serving the society in which we live.