Education: B.A., American University; M.Arch., University of Virginia

Background: John Quale joined the faculty in January 2000 to teach architectural design and photography. John also serves as the architecture advisor to the UVa Solar Decathlon Team, a national design/build house competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy. His research is broadly focused on sustainable design, with a particular interest in the integration of renewable energy technology into architecture; building material selection criteria; and daylighting.
He has worked for several architecture firms in New York City. He spent four years as a project architect with Architecture Research Office (ARO), where he managed a variety of projects, including a house in Colorado, and the offices of Capital Z Partners. These projects have been published in the New York Times, Architectural Record, A+U, Metropolis, and Interior Design. As a designer at Richard Meier & Partners, he worked on the J. Paul Getty Center in Los Angeles. He has also been employed with the New York offices of Perkins & Will and William McDonough and Partners; and more recently at Clark Architects in Charlottesville.
He received his Master of Architecture from UVa in 1993. His thesis project, a children's summer camp sited on a landfill, won first prize in the 1993 ACSA/American Wood Council National Design Competition. John also received the 1992 RTKL Travel Fellowship, and used the grant to pursue research in Asia. John holds a B.A. in Asian Studies, and has traveled and/or lived in Japan, China, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Thailand, Korea, and Mongolia.
As a photographer, he has mounted three solo exhibitions, most recently at Ithaca College in upstate New York. He has been included in several group shows in New York City, Washington, DC, and Charlottesville, Virginia. He has taught architectural photography workshops at the International Center for Photography in New York City, and the National Building Museum in Washington, DC. In addition, John worked for three years as a photo editor at Washingtonian Magazine.
John and his wife Sara Osborne, a landscape architect, have established Q&O Design.

click for portfolio