John Rizor, AIA, CDT – Progressive AE
AIA Grand Rapids Membership Services Director
John Rizor is an architect at Progressive AE and has most recently served local organizations such as Frederik Meijer Gardens, Steelcase, and the Grand Rapids Chamber within the firm’s community-based projects studio. Throughout his career, John has sought opportunities that create positive impact and serve a larger purpose within their respective communities---a pursuit central to John’s philosophy on architecture. John sees the practice of architecture as a privilege, having the opportunity to not only better our surrounding environment/buildings/spaces, but also the quality of life for our neighbors for whom they are designed.
John earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from Ball State University and has worked in a variety of markets since his graduation in 2009. Following practice at award-winning architectural firms in Chicago and San Antonio, John has returned to his native state of Michigan and has been a member of AIA Grand Rapids since his homecoming in the fall of 2016. He has a diverse background of professional experience, having spent time in general contracting, real estate, and design editorial as a contributor for ArchDaily and Design Bureau magazines. While untraditional, John sees his diverse career path as an asset and routinely leverages his broad range of experience to complement his true passion, the practice of architecture proper.
On a personal note, John is a resident of Spring Lake, enjoys international travel, and spends his free time engaging in outdoor activities with his wife and two children.