Open Water Consulting

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Sussex House, 190 South Coast Road

John is a journeyman architect, design manager, BIM champ, writer, blogger, speaker, lecturer and facilitator/enabler.

You can catch up with him at his blog, Zen and Design Management

He lives on the south coast with his wife Anne Marie, a menagerie of pets and three children.


BA, BArchitecture
ARB Registered Architect

Current Projects

Class Of Your Own – Chair of the Board (Non-Exec) and Facilitator
UK BIM Alliance – Engagement Lead and Exec team member
BIM Regions UK CIC – Chair and Director
Open Water Consulting Ltd – Owner/Director since 2012
University of Loughborough – External Lecturer on Design Management
University of Westminster – Guest lecturer on Design Management
Digital Node – Consultant trainer and coach
John is author of the Design Manager’s Handbook, published by CIOB/Wiley Blackwell in 2013. #UKBIM2, a short guide to level 2, self published 2015. The Construction Manager’s BIM Handbook, published 2016, also by Wiley. He is currently researching a PhD related to BIM and Design Management at Leeds Beckett University.


John qualified as an Architect in 1981 and became Chartered RIBA the following year. His experience spans over 40 years in the Built Environment, in various roles for differing organisations, ranging from project architect, to site architect, design manager, design director, trainer, coach, facilitator, author and lecturer/speaker.
Building types John has worked on include schools, colleges, historic buildings, prisons, churches, retail, offices, residential and one off houses.

For the last 21 years John has specialised in construction design management with major contractors, both in pre-construction, work winning and site delivery. Also more recently BIM and digital consultancy and support.

Proud to work with and support

A consistent feature of my career has been my pro-bono activities supporting charities in the CSR field and organisations that in my opinion align with the goals of industry transformation for today and tomorrow, to create and sustain a better world and built environment.

Organisations I am currently involved with and/or aligned and/or support are:

Class Of Your Own
UK BIM Alliance
BIM Regions UK
Women in BIM
Wildlife Rescue Ambulance Service
Sussex Wildlife Trust
The Badger Trust


Clients I’ve worked with over the last 6 years:

Bouygues UK, Cadnet Ltd, CIOB, Class Of Your Own, Constructing Excellence, Council for Aluminium in Building, Digital Node, Fawkes and Reece, Leadbitter &Co Ltd, Morgan Sindall, Propeller Studios, Purcell, RICS, The Door and Hardware Federation, Third Bridge, University Of Bath, University of Brighton, University of Loughborough, University of Reading, Vinci PLC, Wates Group, Willmott Dixon Construction.

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