PROFESSIONAL STATS

John Lansdell, MSGB

John Lansdell serves as a project manager with LGA. John received his first degree in Architectural Technology from Ryerson Polytechnical Institute in Toronto, Ontario. John also holds a Master of Science Degree in Green Building from the San Francisco Institute of Architecture which he received in 2015. John has a wealth of experience in the profession having practiced for over 40 years.

John is known for his integrity and for his passion for sustainability. He believes true sustainability is where all aspects of a projects can continue in perpetuity and not take from the environment. John has authored many articles including, “Harmful Chemicals in Construction Materials,” and “Green Design, Sustainable Design, and Regenerative Design.”

John is a voracious reader and a member of the Construction Specifications Institute. He joined LGA in 2006 and has been the Project Manager on LGA’s largest projects.

IN HIS OWN WORDS

I was born in London, England during WWII. My father was in England in the Canadian Air Force and married my mother in London. At the end of the war we emigrated to Porquis Junction Canada.

Although I almost died numerous times during my early childhood, a number of early experiences have influenced my life. These include living at and visiting my grandfather’s farm from toddler age to 12 years old and being part of a church group that taught us the philosophies of the native North Americans. My grandparent’s farm was quite sustainable. The only electricity used was for four incandescent fixtures, and rain barrels collected rainwater from the roof at each corner of the house. A large garden provided the family with fruit and vegetables, while chickens and three cows provided eggs, milk and meat. The one native philosophy that has stuck with me all these years is that we should leave this earth when we die, in the same condition it was in when we came into it.

FAVORITE PROJECT INGREDIENTS

Daylighting, thermal mass, constructed wetlands, passive heating and cooling and dynamic buffer zones.

SOMETHING YOU DIDN'T KNOW

In the spring of 2013, I completed my Master of Science in Green Building. The course was provided on line by the San Francisco Institute of Architecture.

Sustainable living and green building has long been a passion of mine. We purchased a house in Las Vegas in 2006, and my wife Marlene and I have made major changes in the house that have resulted in more than 50% energy use reduction.

FRIENDS & FOES

FRIENDS – My best friend is my wife, Marlene. My list of friends is very small, but includes my family and extended family at LGA.

FOES – Cold weather, snow, waste, destruction, pot holes and taxes.

PARTING WORDS

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood

And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I–
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

– Robert Frost