john p gordon, aia

maine licensed architect

Jökulsárlón Lagoon, Iceland. 2016.

Jökulsárlón Lagoon, Iceland. 2016.

John has been crafting distinctive buildings since 1982. His body of work includes public schools, university buildings, municipal buildings, performing arts facilities and houses. John’s diverse portfolio demonstrates his deep understanding of design, regulatory and financial considerations and the ability to negotiate these competing interests into functional and affordable buildings that are pleasant contributions to our built environment.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE. John has been an active member of the American Institute of Architects, Maine Chapter since 1991.  In 2003, he joined AIA Maine’s Board of Directors and served as the Chapter’s president for two years (2005-2006).  John is a founding member of AIA Maine’s Committee on the Environment and served as its chairperson for three years (2007-2009).  Since 2008, he has authored the Green Column for AIA Maine News (published quarterly). John is a co-founder of Design Norvmbega, a Maine lecture series focused on architecture.

COMMUNITY SERVICE. John has served the following community-based organizations: Friends of Fort Knox, Board Member; Bucksport Economic Development Committee, founding member; and, Bucksport Planning Board, member. He was co-founder of the Bucksport Soccer Club. John served as Bucksport High School Varsity Girls Soccer Coach 2000-2006 and volunteer assistant for BHS Girls Varsity Soccer 2010-2012. John is a member of the Board of Corporators at Bangor Savings Bank.

EDUCATION. John was educated at Cornell University.  He graduated in 1982 from the College of Human Ecology with a Bachelor of Science degree in Design and Environmental Analysis.

REGISTRATION. Registered Architect. State of Maine. 1991. License No. ARC1914.  


  • AIA Maine. Member since 1991.
  • USGBC Maine.  Member since 2008.
  • NESEA (Northeast Sustainable Energy Association) member.


  • 2016 - College Of The Atlantic. Visiting Faculty. Sustainable Design in the Built Environment AD3023.
  • 2015 - College Of The Atlantic. Guest Lecturer. Architectural Design Studio AD301.
  • 2011 - The Boston Architectural College - Sustainable Design Institute (BAC-SDI).  Adjunct Faculty.  Instructor “The Building Envelope”.
  • 2008 - University of Maine at Augusta, School of Architecture.  Guest Critic, fourth year design studio, Final Project.

TELEVISION. 2013 - THIS OLD HOUSE - Essex Series.  Episode Three,  “One-Level Living”, a four-minute feature segment wherein Master Carpenter Norm Abram visits Bucksport, Maine to meet architect John Gordon and tour the accessible house he designed for his quadriplegic daughter, Jessica. View the video here

John enjoys traveling to the world’s great places, riding a motorcycle and the music of the Grateful Dead.

"Meet" John in this video as he talks about his longstanding relationship with Fort Knox in nearby Prospect, Maine.