Justice Consulting Director John MacAllister began his often divergent career after several attempts at theatre and many stints running restaurants, including the Hard Rock Café in L.A. in 1985, he explored healthcare architecture, then changed course and switched to justice, after having planned a new juvenile detention/treatment campus in Eugene, Oregon. Since then, John has built up a portfolio of over 100 justice and behavioral health projects. Inspired by friends and family, he grew up surrounded by well-known architects including his father, Jack MacAllister, Lou Kahn and many others. He is drawn to justice projects because he believes “great design supports and promotes treatment and rehabilitation, and helps to change people’s lives.”
When not flying around the country and the world architecting and lecturing, John might be seen flying down country back roads on his KTM Super Duke 1290 R “the beast.” For him, going fast and focusing on maintaining control is strong medicine and a primary focus of his “off-the-clock” time. He loves to travel, and living on the West coast, he is drawn to water as an avid scuba diver, bodysurfer and sailor. His wide array of interests includes being a chef, puzzler, gardener and handyman.