John Burse, FAIA, LEED AP is principal at Mackey Mitchell Architects in St. Louis.
John’s passion is design which fosters community. He oversees the design for many higher-ed student life projects, including dining, residential halls, academic spaces and student centers. His particular area of expertise is student centers, where he applies his love for creating community. John’s leadership style is engaging, thoughtful and enjoyable and emphasizes design as a collaborative journey.
His work creates vibrant campus social hearts that are achievable, efficient, welcoming, comfortable and inspiring. His designs for student centers have been recognized by the Association of College Unions International’s Facility Design Award of Excellence. John is a frequent presenter at national and regional conferences for ACUI, ACUHO-I, and SCUP. His experience includes planning and design of residence halls, dining centers, performing arts facilities, academic facilities, and campuses.
John enjoys giving back to the community – helping to lead community development efforts of the nationally recognized Old North St. Louis Restoration Group, past chairmanship of the City’s Preservation Board. His leadership was recognized with a national AIA Young Architect’s Award, as well as a Focus St. Louis “What’s Right with the Region Award.” He has been featured in Architectural Record, Competitions, Marketplace, and Metropolis.
John Burse joined Mackey Mitchell Architects in 1997, and was named a Principal in 2005. He was elevated to the College of Fellows in April of 2017.