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Meet John I. Lehman, AIA, founding principal of Lehman Associates, PC.


After completing his education at Drexel University in Philadelphia, he moved to Tampa Florida where, through a bustling economic construction boom of the early 1980’s, he was able to gain valuable experience and develop his design, construction and project management skills.


In 1985, John was offered an Associate position with the prestigious international firm of RTKL so he moved his family back North to Maryland to take advantage of this opportunity.  During his years with RTKL, John was architect and manager-in-charge of the design and construction of Redwood Tower, a high-rise office tower in Baltimore’s inner harbor, a Marriott Suites Hotel in Bethesda, Maryland and a high-end residential development for the DuPont family in Delaware.


In 1989, John left RTKL thinking about his ultimate goal of starting his own business practice and secured a term contract as a consulting architect and project manager representing the U.S. Postal Service in projects throughout the mid-Atlantic region. These projects included high visibility retail focused “Postal Stores” within the Pentagon, Mount Vernon, the House of Representatives side of Capital Hill and one directly under the rotunda in the U.S. Capitol.  These projects received multiple awards from USPS Headquarters as well as an Award of Excellence with the Washington Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.  


His contract ended during the 1992 Postal reorganization, at which point John felt sufficiently confident in his abilities to incorporate his private practice under the name of Lehman Associates, P.C.  In the following years, he proved his design and business abilities to a growing clientele of developers, corporate clients, property managers, retailers and private residential clients.  


With larger corporate and government projects in the pipeline, John briefly entered into a limited partnership with a 30-person engineering design firm in McLean, Virginia and opened an architectural office in Rockville, Maryland.  By 2003, troubled by a post 9-11 economic downturn and growing profit based business decisions which sacrificed client service, John dissolved this partnership to return to a sole ownership private practice where he was able to provide the integrity and quality that he expects from himself and his team.


Now, with 40 years of experience, 24 years as a business owner and a lifelong passion for architecture, John’s focus is where his greatest passion lies in residential and light commercial design with a continuing education concentration on energy conservation and sustainability.


John has received numerous state and national awards for residential and commercial design as well as for historic preservation.  He has spoken at local gatherings and national conventions on the restoration of historically significant buildings and designing for handicap accessibility.  John is currently licensed to practice commercial and public architecture in Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia but extends his residential reach as far away as Texas, Florida and Maine.  He is “GREEN Advantage” certified with the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) on sustainable design and is a member of the Maryland Society of Architects, the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Custom Residential Architects Network (CRAN).  




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