Who We Are

John D Anderson, Founder & Principal Architect, NCARB.

John is a 1988 graduate from the University of Minnesota College of Architecture with a Bachelors degree in Architecture.

After interning for 5 years at a larger, local firm, designing several freelance projects, and a year in a small design Atelier in Paris, France, John returned to the United States in 1992 to establish JDA Design Architects.

With more than 2 decades of practical experience, John brings an intuitive vision to the design process. Though primarily a residential design office, JDA Design also is experienced in retail, multifamily, and hospitality building types.

John’s role as the founding principal stretches many boundaries. An honest believer in the collaborative design process, he takes on many roles from business development, schematic design, contract documents & construction administration.

John’s work & that of JDA Design Architects has been published on numerous occasions, including Midwest Home & Garden, the Star Tribune, Wood Home Magazine, and Perspectives on Design by Panache Publishing

Originally from Baltimore, Maryland, John is returning to the places he remembers well. JDA Design opened a satellite office along the shores of Deep Creek Lake, in western Maryland in the fall of 2004. Recently completed projects include The Silver Tree Suites, and the award winning Silver Ridge Development

John is certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), and is licensed in 3 states including Minnesota & Maryland