Board Members


John M. Syvertsen

Principal, OWP/P Cannon Design, Chicago, IL

President of OWP/P since 1999, John is a visionary leader devoted to design excellence. In September 2009, he directed the merger of OWP/P with Cannon Design, a leading global architecture and engineering firm.

The merged company is one of the most formidable design and delivery firms in the world. John is a senior principal with Cannon Design and a member of the firm's executive leadership team and board of directors.

By way of debate and conversation, John encourages his staff in the OWP/P | Cannon Design Chicago office to maintain an open dialogue on the art of architecture. In addition to leading an office of more than 200 professionals, John has worked with The University of Chicago Law School since the mid-1990s. During that time, he directed project teams to complete a major Law Clinic and Classroom addition to the existing Saarinen campus. His experience in working with clients in a higher educational setting extends to nearly all of the colleges and universities in Chicago as well as other schools nationally.

John is Chairman of the Urban Design Task Force for the Chicago Central Area Action Plan and a former Chairman of the Board of the Chicago Architecture Foundation. He is a member of the Chicago Design Initiative and serves on the University of Illinois at Chicago Chancellor's Design Review Committee. John is President of the Board of Trustees of the Graham Foundation, a member of the Board of Regents of the American Architectural Foundation, the Board of Overseers of the College of Architecture at Illinois Institute of Technology, the Board of Directors of Archeworks and the Board of Directors of Family Focus, Illinois.

Previously he was on the Board of Directors, vice-president and president of AIA Chicago, Chairman of the National Committee on Design of the American Institute of Architects and president of the Chicago Architectural Club.