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John Wagner

Intermittent Lecturer

John David Wagner is a design consultant, design researcher and licensed architect with over a decade of experience catalyzing change in the built environment through design, social advocacy, and material assemblies. Spanning from conceptual to visionary, his work has assisted clients to outline, prototype and realize built projects that deliver innovative, inclusive spatial designs, user experiences and educational programs. A hybrid designer, John brings expertise in Architecture, young adult and higher education, public art, social and refugee advocacy, and design. His expertise leverages these broad perspectives into comprehensive plans that fulfill project objectives. 

His work was commissioned by Boston Society for Architecture, Harvard Arts First Festival, and Massachusetts TDI Initiative, and John has worked with clients creating next generation life sciences facilities for clients including MIT, Yale University, and the Broad Institute as well as social infrastructures for the World Food Programme. As an educator, he co-directed the studio Post-Office at Rhode Island School of Design and Boston Architectural College with Alina Nazmeeva leading investigations into future adaptations of global city centers in addressing climate change, growing roles of smart cities, and reimagining the use of high rise towers.  He was an invited speaker and a critic at MIT ACT, Harvard GSD, University of British Columbia, Rhode Island School of Design, Wentworth Institute of Technology, and Boston Architectural College.

John received a Masters in Architecture, with Distinction, from Harvard Graduate School of Design, and was a 2019-2020 Irving Innovation Fellow, and 2021 post-graduate fellow at Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute where he lead a research team focused on refugee housing, construction processes in extreme contexts, and development of equitable and effective social infrastructures. John is a licensed architect in Massachusetts and North Carolina, NCARB Certified and a LEED Green Associate.