john gordon | architect

John P. Gordon, AIA

Maine Licensed Architect

John has been designing and constructing buildings since 1982.  His body of work includes public schools, university buildings, municipal buildings, performing arts facilities and houses. John is dedicated to crafting distinctive buildings along the coast of Maine.

SUSTAINABLE DESIGN.  In recent years, John’s residential practice has focused on green, affordable houses.  Since 2006, he has been working toward the completion of 51 green workforce houses on Mount Desert Island.  In addition, he has designed several single-family residences with an emphasis on sustainability by building smaller houses with a very-tight, well-insulated building envelope; “right-sized” heating system; durable, low-VOC materials; advanced framing techniques; and, simple building forms.

ACCESSIBLE DESIGN.  John has extensive experience and knowledge in the design of environments for  people with disabilities.  His primary experience is providing residential design solutions for people with spinal cord injuries and the elderly.  John is intimately familiar with the American with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines.  He has performed  accessibility assessments and provided accessible design solutions for many schools, municipal buildings, libraries and other public places.

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP.  John has been an active member of the American Institute of Architects, Maine Chapter since 1991.  In 2003, he joined AIA Maine’s Board of Directors and served as the Chapter’s president for two years (2005-2006).  John is a founding member of AIA Maine’s Committee on the Environment and served as its chairperson for three years (2007-2009).  Since 2008, he has authored the Green Column for AIA Maine News (published quarterly).  John has been a member of the USGBC (United States Green Building Council) since 2008 and currently holds the LEED-GA accreditation.

EDUCATION.  John was educated at Cornell University.  He graduated in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Design and Environmental Analysis.

REGISTRATION.  Registered Architect. State of Maine. 1991. License No. ARC1914.

PHOTOGRAPHY.  Imagery with an emphasis on the built environment in the landscape.  Exemplary images may be viewed at  In April 2011, two submitted images received awards in the American Institute of Architects Architectural Photography Competition sponsored by AIA St. Louis.  Winning images will be published in the 2013 Rizzoli Engagement Calendar.

OTHER STUFF (awards, publications and other chest-poundings)

  • 2012 – “THE ACCESSIBLE HOME” a book featuring accessible homes to be published by Taunton Press.  Feature article, photographs and design details for two buildings in Maine.
  • 2012 – ELLSWORTH AMERICAN and MT. DESERT ISLANDER.  March 8.  Feature article  “Going Net Zero”. Focus on design of a new near net-zero energy house to be built in Portland.
  • 2011 – Recipient of the Equal Access For All Award from the Disability Rights Center of Maine for innovative work in designing accessible space for people with disabilities.
  • 2011 – MAINE HOME + DESIGN. The Architecture Issue (November/December).  “Ripples House” featured content in article “Project///Architect.”
  • 2011 – MAINE HOME + DESIGN. (May).  AIA Design Theory feature author of “Architecture Defined.”
  • 2010 – MAINE HOME + DESIGN. The Architecture Issue (November/December).  “Melavilla Barn” featured content in article “Architecture’s A-List.”
  • 2008 to Present  –  Author of the GREEN COLUMN for AIA Maine News (published quarterly).
  • 2008 – FROM HOUSE TO HOME, February-March issue.  Cover feature article “Home At Last – A 40 Year Dream Becomes Reality.”
  • 2008 – BAR HARBOR TIMES.  May 8.  Feature article “Architect Makes ‘Green’ Design Cornerstone of Practice” focusing on design of Ripples Hill, a green, workforce housing project in Somesville with 19 homes.
  • 2008 – Recipient of the Ralph G. Knowlton Memorial Award from the Maine Chapter of Construction Specifications Institute in recognition of outstanding contribution to communications within the construction industry in Maine.
  • 2007 – BANGOR METRO, October issue.  Feature article “Jessica’s House – Father and Daughter Work Together to Realize Restorative Nature of Good Design.”
  • 2006 – “MAINSTREAM GREEN HOME DESIGNS” published by MaineHousing. Feature article and content focusing on First Place Award in the Mainestream Green Home Design Contest.
  • 2004 – ONE IN FIVE (Fall issue) magazine published by Alpha One.  Feature article “Building The Accessible Dream Home – Independence Creates Sense of Opportunity”.