Principal + President
In a career spanning more than 30 years, John Myefski worked hard to gain the knowledge and experience necessary to lead an award-winning architectural firm. Born and raised in northern Michigan, John has an appreciation for simple, Scandinavian style architecture featuring clean lines and natural materials. While his style has developed and grown over time, John remains inspired by this elegant yet functional architectural aesthetic.
John earned both his Bachelor and Master's Degree in Architecture from the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan. Later on, John received a Fulbright Fellowship and continued his studies at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts – School of Architecture. The time John spent in Copenhagen, Denmark reinforced his growing interest in the creation of high-quality designs. John subsequently received the Booth Traveling Fellowship for independent study of community-based architecture in Sweden, Finland and Norway. Most recently, John attended the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management – Master of Product Design and Development Executive Education Program.
John gained his architectural field experience at highly respected firms like Murphy/Jahn and Albert Kahn. He expanded his skill set through broad exposure to all phases of design and construction while working on numerous large-scale projects. While at Murphy/Jahn Architects, John worked as Project Architect for a variety of domestic and international projects including Munich Airport Center, Kempinski Hotel, the Sony Center and Principal Mutual Life Insurance Headquarters. Shortly after leaving Murphy/Jahn in 1994, John began his own architectural design practice with the intention of creating consistent, high-quality designs for a diverse set of clientele. The firm’s workload expanded rapidly and in 1995 Myefski Cook Architects was formed. The firm continued to grow due to an emphasis placed on the creation of meaningful environments, both authentic and innovative in nature. In 2009, Myefski Architects was launched and is proud to call the historic landmark Chandler building in downtown Evanston, Illinois its home. In 2013, a branch office in Marquette, Michigan opened to better serve clients in the upper Midwest region. Finally, in early 2018, the firm moved its headquarters to The Wrigley Building in downtown Chicago, adjacent to the Chicago Riverwalk and Magnificent Mile.
As Principal of Myefski Architects, John built his company by taking a detailed and creative approach to every project. His years of experience have provided John with the keen ability to listen to and understand client need, translating initial brainstorms into beautiful, inhabitable spaces that coincide with the client’s early vision. Years of building a traditional profile have led John to adopt a more modern aesthetic, strengthening his already diverse portfolio. Regardless of the style, John seeks to design buildings that last – in both function and visual appeal.
John’s longtime passion for education and design has led him to devote a significant amount of his time to giving back to the community. In 2019, John was appointed to the Leadership Group of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Committee on Design (COD), an AIA Knowledge Community of over 10,000 members that promotes design excellence at a national and international level - John currently serves as Sponsorship Chair. Prior to his AIA COD appointment, John served as a member of the New Trier Township District 203 Board of Education (after two years as President) until April 2017. His prior board experience includes eight years on the Glencoe Public School District 35 Board of Education, two of which he served as President. John also served time as Chairman on the University of Michigan Board of Governors for the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. In an effort to play a role in the shaping of future architects, John held the position of Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, as well as an Adjunct Professor of Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology. John values continuing education and constantly looks for new opportunities to stay ahead of the curve.
Outside of work and community involvement, John is passionate about spending his time in the sky and on the water – boasting both a pilot’s license and membership to a competitive sailing team. He is married to his high school sweetheart and is the proud father of two children. Whenever they can, the Myefski family enjoys traveling and exploring new places.
John is certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) and can become licensed in any of the 50 states. He is currently a State Licensed Architect in Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, California, Alabama, Florida, Arizona, and Ontario. John maintains his professional membership in the American Institute of Architects.