Perkins and Will
1315 Peachtree Street, NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
d. (404) 873 2300
John Poelker AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Principal, Operations Director
John began his career in New York among two very different fields: high-end residential in Manhattan and designing schools throughout the five boroughs. His passion for the latter has led to a lifelong dedication to educational projects and serving students. John carries that passion forward as a leader of our Learning and Innovation” group; he also serves as the Operations Director for the Atlanta studio.
For more than 20 years, he has focused his career on education projects that are developed and delivered via strong relationships with clients, meeting programmatic needs, and leading creative teams. John's passion for his work is deepened by his focus on building relationships and groups to tackle any challenge. Across the firm and, most importantly, among clients, John is known for building and leading high-performance teams that are individually and thoughtfully constructed to match his client’s needs. His skills as a leader are reflected in every team’s targeted ability to deliver the highest standard of design excellence to exceed client expectations and goals.
Outside the office, John is involved in several organizations that support design in education. He has served as the scholarship chair for Association for Learning Environments (A4LE) for the past three years and, consequently, has played a part in numerous college and graduate students continuing to pursue an education in the A/E/C industry. He is a member of SCUP and has held positions within the Southern
Conference for the past two years.