Senior Living Expert John Shoesmith Joins Perkins Eastman

Nationally recognized for his work in senior living environments and long term care, Shoesmith has also been admitted this year to the American Institute of Architects' College of Fellows.

John Shoesmith

Seattle, WA (January 25, 2024) Global architecture and design firm Perkins Eastman is pleased to announce that John Shoesmith, FAIA, EDAC, LEED AP, has joined as principal in its Seattle studio and is now a part of the firm’s international senior living practice. With more than 30 years of experience, Shoesmith’s work involves the full continuum of senior living, including active adult, life plan communities, assisted living, long-term care environments, and intentional intergenerational communities.

John became interested in design for aging after witnessing his grandmother’s struggle with dementia. His observations about how the environment could be both an asset and an obstacle in her care compelled him to dedicate his career to elevating the standard in design for aging and memory care. His passion remains in creating high quality memory-care environments that allow residents to continue to be active, successful, and have a sense of purpose. His advocacy and participation with nonprofit organizations and working groups, including the Facilities Guideline Institute, have helped establish vital policy and recommendations at the industry-wide level for the planning, design, and construction of senior living and healthcare facilities.

“We are thrilled to welcome John to our team,” says Alejandro Giraldo, principal, and leader of Perkins Eastman’s senior living practice. “John brings a wealth of experience and expertise in the field and will help us strengthen our position as thought leaders and innovators in the Pacific Northwest and West Coast.”

Shoesmith will be based in Perkins Eastman’s growing Seattle studio and will collaborate with clients on projects nationwide.