Podcast: John Thatch, Dahlin Group

John M. Thatch AIA, LEED® AP

Senior Principal, Dahlin Group

Champion of new thinking and pushing the envelope of design with ideas that create thoughtful, livable and economically viable communities, John M. Thatch paced himself early to lead design excellence into the future. He is a passionate creative who thrives on the opportunity to design at a variety of scales for a variety of project types. He is known for challenging each project team to develop the most innovative and economically viable solutions, engaging frequently in design brainstorms and introducing a comprehensive perspective and approach to the lifecycle of a community—how a plan reaches tomorrow and lives beyond today.

John also provides Executive Leadership in the firm, overseeing design innovation and design quality control. As a leader and mentor, staff education and professional development for the benefit of all is one of many passions. He provides valuable insight from great experience and knowledge, and pursues initiatives meaningful to the firm’s strategic growth and development.

John often gains inspiration for design through travel and walking (often jogging) the great cities of the world—Paris, Philadelphia, Beijing—seizing and sharing experiences and the smallest details of a place. He is a veteran judge of design competitions and sought after speaker at national conferences on such topics as emerging markets, active adult communities and trends in community design.

Bachelor of Science, Architecture, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Licensed Architect in Arizona, California, Idaho, Nevada, Texas, Washington
LEED® Accredited Professional


  • American Institute of Architects
  • Building Industry Association
  • National Association of Home Builders
  • National Council of Architectural Registration Boards
  • Urban Land Institute
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