John M. Hill, AIA, REFP, LEED AP has been involved in the planning, design and construction of K-12 schools in the mid-Atlantic region for over 20 years.
Hill is the Chief Executive Officer of Grimm + Parker Architects (G+P). He has been instrumental in establishing the firm as a leader in educational design and helped shape the mission of the firm "Creating Together: Meaningful Architecture and Client Success." Under his leadership, G+P has developed an organization of educational designers who Listen, Learn, and then Lead communities to greater success.
Hill is forward thinking and many of his designs are often ahead of their time. He incorporated concepts such as the "house within a school" concept, extended learning areas, project based learning zones, multi-age groupings, team teaching, and outdoor learning spaces before they became what is considered today to be "the latest thinking" in school design. Hill encourages school systems, which can be slow to change, to embrace the data and evidence based design that are critical to creating superior learning spaces for 21st Century learners.
Hill has personally led numerous educational programming, master planning and school design projects; for elementary schools, middle schools and high schools, various hybrid programs, specialized educational projects, and higher education projects. He has been a speaker at numerous educational conferences and has written articles for industry publications that focus on best practices for educational design.
Hill is a Registered Educational Facility Planner with CEFPI. His team leadership has resulted in numerous award-winning projects that have been recognized by a wide range of industry groups including educational planners (VEFP and CEFPI), the American Association of School Administrators, the National School Boards Association, the Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA), various educational publications, and other industry groups including the AlA. Most recently Hill's work on Washington Lee High School in Arlington, Virginia was recognized with the Platinum Level Distinguished Design Award by the VSBA.
During his tenure at G+P, the firm has received the three most prestigious awards in educational design: the James D. MacConnell Award for Hollywood Elementary School in St. Mary's County, Maryland; the Shirley Cooper Award for Carlin Springs Elementary School in Arlington, Virginia; and the Walter Taylor Award. Hill was directly involved in two of the three award winning projects. G+P is one of only two firms in the country to win all three of these prestigious national and international awards.
As a member of the VEFP Board of Directors for almost seven years, Hill has helped plan and execute conferences and seminars that promote the latest thinking in educational facility design to educators, facility managers and designers throughout the State. He has served as State Governor and President of the Board of Directors. Hill recently accepted the position of Treasurer for the Southeast Regional Board of Directors for A4LE. In that position he will continue his service to the industry and his mission of promoting best practices in educational design to all the member chapters of the region.
Hill is a graduate of Vanderbilt University (B .A. 1980) and the University of Maryland (M.A. 1988). He is a registered Architect, a member of the American Institute of Architects, and holds licenses in Virginia, Maryland, the District of Columbia and North Carolina. He has worked at G+P for the past 23 years holding the positions of Associate, Principal, and CEO.