Location: New York, New York, United States
Supported by professional excellence and a strong educational background, Mr. Kinnear has found success as a principal architect and owner of John Kinnear Architects in New York City since 2003. Initially interested in architecture as a teenager, he truly enjoyed working on projects that allowed him to provide his input. Growing up in New York, he was exposed to many different types of structures, which cultivated his desire to pursue architecture as a career. Now living in Ridgefield, Connecticut, Mr. Kinnear has developed a great appreciation for the preservation of traditional architecture.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Kinnear served as a principal architect for Janko Rasic Architects in New York City from 1972 to 2003. A graduate of the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, he earned a Bachelor of Architecture in 1972 before commencing his career with Janko Rasic. He is a registered architect in the states of New York and Connecticut and has been certified through the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards. Mr. Kinnear is also affiliated with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the St. Nicholas Society, and The Pilgrims of the United States.
Civically, Mr. Kinnear contributes as the president of the American Friends of the Georgian Group and is on the boards of the Eleanor Roosevelt Val-Kill Partnership and The American-Scottish Foundation. Additionally, he actively serves as the chairman of the Architectural Advisory Committee for the town of Ridgefield, Connecticut. Having accomplished much over the years, some of Mr. Kinnear’s projects include the Queen Elizabeth II September 11th Garden at Hanover Square in Manhattan, and the restoration of 18th- and 19th-century homes, many on the National Register of Historic Places — in Eastport, Maine, Leipsic, Delaware, Tuxedo Park, NY, Hyde Park, NY, and Litchfield, Connecticut (the Oliver Wendell home).
Mr. Kinnear practices as a generalist doing commercial, institutional and residential projects throughout the States — he was the recipient of the “DOC” award for Credit Suisse, a cutting edge banking facility — projects as varied as medical facilities in New York, Connecticut, Chicago, Houston, Washington, D.C., and New Jersey to a 120-year old historic mustard factory in Eastport, Maine.
Mr. Kinnear also lectures and has developed a series of talks about “The Scots Who Built New York”, which will become an app for touring in New York City and a book.
He received a bronze medal for an installation at the Chelsea Flower Show in London (2005), previewing the Queen Elizabeth Garden in New York for which he was project architect.
Mr. Kinnear enjoys horseback riding and beagling when time permits.
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