Architect John Whitney, AIA, joins Sherman Carter Barnhart

John Whitney Joins Sherman Carter Barnhart Architects
John Whitney joins Sherman Carter Barnhart Architects

John is a registered architect with over 30 years’ experience in all aspects of project development, design, management, master planning, and construction. Sherman Carter Barnhart had the pleasure of working with John when he served as the University Architect for Morehead State University. Working collaboratively with John we successfully completed the first new residence hall in 25 years, Wayne D & Susan Andrews Residence Hall as well as the extensive renovation and expansion of the Adron Doran University Center.

John will lead our Louisville office as well as focus on growing the firm’s higher education presence. Throughout his career, John’s significant focus has always been on higher education and he has been fortunate to have served as the architect for large-scale projects on several Kentucky college and university campuses.

John’s desire to become an architect was nurtured over summers spent working construction while pursuing earlier degrees in political science and film studies. It was one memorable summer building a log cabin in Eastern Kentucky that cemented his lifelong affinity for building and design. The complex combination of craft, planning, and art that the log cabin required has influenced John’s design leadership approach throughout his career.  And, in the middle of a very cold winter working construction, he came to realize that drawing and model-building was a lot more fun (and much easier) than actual building!

“As an architect, John believes in a human-centric design approach that emphasizes a genuine connection with clients, insuring their vision comes alive while not losing sight to the importance of establishing positive environments and promoting human well-being in every project.  John finds satisfaction in approaching life with curiosity and a full heart.  He believes in rejecting the limits one’s comfort zone and always endeavors to expand his horizons.”

Projects that John is most proud of include the Morehead State University Adron Doran University Center Expansion & Renovation, the Owensboro Community College campus, Spalding University’s Egan Leadership Center, Western Kentucky University’s Snell Hall and Engineering & Biological Science Building, and the recent Library Commons.

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