John Katimaris


John Katimaris is a New York State registered architect and NCIDQ certified interior designer with a graduate degree in lighting design. His multi-disciplinary skill set is unique and unparalleled.

Projects range in size from single room residential spaces to multi-floor commercial facilities. Sophistication ranges from traditional construction to digitally enhanced environments.

“I greatly admire his level of expertise and enthusiasm”

--Alejandra M, Interior Designer

“The quality of his work is always at the highest echelon”

--Heather H, Interior Designer

“A great delight to work with during the development of detailed conceptual studies”

--Matvey P, Archivist

“Always provides well-thought-out and well-planned responses to the client’s requirements”

--Thomas M, Architect

“Consistently professional, courteous, and thorough”

--Nicholas G, Engineer

“...Skilled in troubleshooting and conflict management...”

--Dylan V, Facilities Director

“...Highly resourceful with 360 degree considerations...”

--Eleanor W, Interior Designer

“...John is able to push a project forward to everyone’s satisfaction...”

--Lon B, Security Systems Integrator



Collecting the information ‐ facts, opinions, projections, and speculations are needed to establish the project narrative and design program. This initial step organizes and confirms the factors that will influence the development of the project. Data collection is far more than a mechanical process, and securing commitment is the objective.


Key participants are brought to the table, giving rise to the project dynamic. Involvement shapes commitment. Team building serves the project well and the project administration sessions are sequenced, timed, and structured to allow for discussion, debate, and decision. Turning the data turns the problem, resulting in the solution itself forming then appearing.


Design is the central issue in each stage of the team's effort. It is both a problem seeking and problem solving process. It is hard to define when this process begins and when it ends. The design process is analogous to a learning curve where each step exposes challenging opportunities, unique problems, and new knowledge leading to successful conclusions.


The construction drawings show (through graphic and quantitative form) the extent, design, location, relationships, and dimensions of the work to be done. Effective documents communicate what the project involves ‐ in detail and with crystal clarity. In addition to construction, they may be the basis for obtaining regulatory and financial approvals.


Ensuring that the work conforms to the drawings and specifications is a complex task. A high level of dedication, skill, attention, and methodology is required to maintain integrity and proper trajectory. A responsibility to the project and to the documents is acquired thereby promoting faithful performance by all team members and disciplines.


In almost every situation there are functional, economic, managerial, personnel, and technological circumstances that will necessitate modification and refinement. Post occupancy services extend into long range consulting relationships that allow clients to be served on a continuing and developing basis ensuring timeless solutions.



Enthusiasm and passion is as evident in John’s work now as it was when he first entered the industry 30+ years ago. A New York State registered architect and NCIDQ certified interior designer with a graduate degree in lighting design, his multi-disciplinary skill set is unique and unparalleled.

During his formative years, he embraced the philosophy of defining his career by selecting and maintaining four personal cornerstones namely: Integrity, Gratitude, Humility, and Vision. As a design practitioner, John’s work has appeared in numerous trade magazines and textbooks. Projects range in size from single room residential spaces to multi-floor commercial facilities. Sophistication ranges from the traditional materials and methods of construction to digitally enhanced environments. As a design educator, he has expanded the design school curricula at New York School of Interior Design, New York Institute of Technology and Fashion Institute of Technology. As an adjunct professor he is recognized as redefining the academic paradigm and setting the gold standard.


John Katimaris architect strives to provide best in class professional design services by approaching every component of a project methodically and with focus. He is the founder of a creative boutique that reflects an enduring commitment to sustainability and the belief that design is a process.

Technical and artistic engagements combined with clarity in communication are the fundamental ingredients for the successful execution of designated tasks throughout all the phases of a project from inception to completion. Our participation adds value well in excess of the cost of our service. Quantitative value is created through a unique philosophy of pre-construction value optimization. This approach to design management examines alternative project infrastructure solutions prior to the preparation of the construction documents. As a result, bidding and negotiating tasks are facilitated and construction occurs within carefully established and approved cost and time parameters. Qualitative value is created through intelligent questioning and research. Effective and timeless performance based design transcends clichés and short lived trends. The result of actively engaging in research for every project is arriving at relevant and substantial solutions. John Katimaris architect serves clients as a trusted advisor, recognizes challenges as opportunities, and envisions extraordinary possibilities within the ordinary.


Design gives form and meaning to essence. It is a sophisticated multi-stage process that consists of inspiration, identification, conceptualization, refinement, modeling, communication, and production. As a profession, it has many facets and equally embraces art and technology. Design begins in the mind. It acknowledges the physical location, orientation, and social context of the project. It is about needing and finding ideas, examining and identifying their nature, and documenting and communicating them so they can be realized.

Commercial Client Heritage

  • Allied Barton
  • American Express
  • Ameringer McEnery Yohe
  • Apple Bank
  • Argus Financial
  • Bank of New York
  • Beresford Financial
  • Blair Television
  • Carroll McEntee & McGinley
  • Christies
  • Club Quarters
  • CT Corporation
  • Durst Organization
  • Freelance Photographers Guild
  • G P Putnam’s Sons
  • Garvin Guy Butler
  • Houles
  • ICAP North America
  • Intercraft Burnes
  • Madison Equities
  • Matthew Bender
  • Media Mark Research
  • Merrill Lynch
  • MKI Securities
  • Mohawk Industries
  • Neuberger Berman
  • New York University
  • New York University Medical Center
  • Odyssey Partners
  • Oppenheimer & Company
  • Philips Van Heusen
  • SHI
  • Transport Workers Union
  • West Street Equities
  • Xerox
  • Yes Network
  • Yves Saint Laurent


  • Concept Development
  • Construction Administration
  • Documentation and Communication
  • Exploration and Research
  • Lighting Design and Energy Conservation
  • Materials Technology
  • Occupancy Planning
  • Owner Representation
  • Project Management
  • Value Optimization

Compensation Methods

  • Cost Plus : Tied to expended time and incurred expense
  • Percentage : Tied to the value of specific devices
  • Stipulated Sum : Tied to the value of specific services
  • Unit Cost : Tied to the established floor area

Geographic Area Served:

Continental United States


Metropolitan New York


Bachelor of Science in Architectural Technology
Master of Fine Arts Degree in Lighting Design

New York State Registered Architect
NCIDQ Certified Interior Designer


MPS-L Program Director 2014

Learning Unit Provider 2011

Adjunct Professor 2001


American Institute of Architects 1991

International Interior Design Association 1995

Illuminating Engineering Society 1999

American Society of Heating Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineer 2014

United States Green Building Council 2014

The American Institute of Architects logo International Interior Design Association logo Illuminating Engineering Society logo The American Institute of Architects continuing education New York School of Interior Design logo American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers U.S. Green Building Council Member

Interior Design Magazine

Mohawk Showroom

Interior Architecture Lighting Design

Foundations of Interior Design

Technical Contribution

Architectural Lighting Text and Illustrations

Alsa First Place

Folding Terrace

Exterior Architecture Lighting Design


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