John Gray joined HTA in October 2010 to lead a dedicated team of Architects and Technologists specialising in the delivery of post-planning projects through procurement and on to construction. John was made a Partner in April 2015.
Under John’s leadership, HTA has worked hard to establish a reputation for carefully tailoring our post-planning services to suit individual clients’ procurement routes by benchmarking quality standards and developing efficient internal processes. In addition to delivering our own projects, a significant proportion of HTA’s post-planning work comes in the form of direct commissions as Lead Consultant or Executive Architect from clients and contractors to deliver designs initiated by other practices.
In recent years, John has developed a particular interest in modular construction systems. HTA has long championed the role of offsite construction to transform the delivery of high quality housing with improved workmanship and shorter programmes. John is a leading member of HTA’s offsite working group, which continually innovates offsite techniques to bring modular delivery into the mainstream.
In addition to his role leading Production Information, John is also HTA’s CAD Manager. A long-time user of AutoCAD, he has 20+ years’ experience in the effective deployment of CAD systems to automate drawing production and reduce opportunities for error. His interest in developing IT systems has seen him involved in the creation of bespoke CAD tools wherever he has worked.
John’s Architectural career began with James Stirling & Michael Wilford at a time when drawings were done by hand. Since then he has worked for a variety of large, multi-disciplinary practices in the UK, Germany, Italy and Singapore. He joined Aukett Associates in the late 90s during the ‘dotcom boom’ and gained a wealth of experience in the fast-moving telecoms infrastructure business. Moving into the retail and commercial sectors, he acquired a working knowledge of package-based systems of construction procurement. In 2002 John joined Ryder Architects as they established a small office in London.
During his eight years at Ryder, he was strategically involved in the development of internal systems and QA protocols as the office grew in staff from 10 to 110 through its merger and eventual takeover by the Dallas-based HKS. Over this period he broadened his scope to include Healthcare and Education in the role of Project Architect on several PFI hospital and BSF schools projects.