John Mitchell Fuller, AIA, LEED AP, is the Principal/Owner of MITCHELL | FULLER, LLC, an architecture and interior design firm located on the island of Martha's Vineyard off the southern coast of Massachusetts. A 35+ year career that spans a diverse range of typologies including residential, commercial, corporate and institutional projects and a range of services involving planning, architecture, interior design and project management.
Early on, John spent several years in the building trades and was an accomplished carpenter living on Martha's Vineyard, spending the summer of '74 building sets for the movie Jaws, before heading to Boston to study Building Construction Technology at Wentworth Institute of Technology. After receiving his Associates in Applied Science from WIT, John was accepted to study interior design at RISD, switching his major to architecture for his senior year and spending his 5th year in Rome, Italy — having been accepted to RISD's European Honors Program (EHP), an independent year of study where John focused on Renaissance art and architecture.
In 1981 John began his architectural career at the Stubbins Associates in Cambridge, MA, working on the transformation of the historic South Station Headhouse into a modern inter-modal transportation facility. John then began a series of fast-track speculative office buildings, utilizing his background in construction. Between 1982 and 1988, he completed 55 Cambridge Parkway in Cambridge, MA, 1055 Washington Boulevard in Stamford, CT, 1500 West Park Drive in Westborough, MA and 745 Atlantic Avenue in Boston.
The onset of a recession in the late 80's presented John with an opportunity to start his first design firm, Fuller Associates, with Trammell Crow Company as the Firm's only commercial client. During this period, Fuller Associates designed tenant improvements in Trammell Crow's portfolio, which exceeded two million square feet of space. Additionally, Fuller Associates renovated existing buildings, and designed new buildings including Overlook Center in Westborough, which became General Electric's regional headquarters.
Fuller Associates diversified over time, providing architectural and interior design services for Boston's preeminent developers and asset managers, including Spaulding & Slye/Jones Lang LaSalle, Normandy, Nordic Properties, Leggat McCall Properties, The Druker Company, H.N.Gorin, Hines and HRPT Realty Trust. Fuller Associates also designed corporate offices for many of the regions leading firms. Prominent among these clients were the Federal Reserve Bank, Bank of Tokyo, EF Education, PNC Bank and Progress Software. Fuller Associates also had the good fortune to work with such notable institutions as Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Wentworth Institute of Technology, the Museum of Fine Arts, and the New England Aquarium.
In 2006, Perkins+Will acquired Fuller Associates, and John became a Principal in the Firm as a sector leader for corporate, commercial and civic projects. Building on his expertise garnered over the previous 25 years, John helped develop Perkins+Will brand in the Boston corporate/commercial marketplace. Projects completed under John's leadership included Fidelity's Center for Applied Technology and Executive Briefing Center, KPMG's regional offices, on-call services for the Federal Reserve Bank including restacking 10 floors of 600 Atlantic Avenue (the iconic tower designed by Hugh Stubbins), on-call services for Philips Electronic's North American portfolio, on-call services for US Bank nationally, retail stores for New Balance around the country, Adobe's regional headquarters building in Waltham, MA and designs for a new headquarters facility for Textron Defense Systems in Wilmington, MA.
In 2007, after hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, John became a director in Perkins+Will's newly formed Social Responsibility Initiative (SRI). Working with the firm's Board of Directors, John helped the firm's initiative to become the "poster-child" for Public Architecture's 1% Program a national probono initiative.
In 2010, John left Perkins+Will to re-establish his previous firm, however the new name MITCHELL | FULLER, LLC came to the fore. Despite a lengthy career in the corporate/commercial realm, Mr. Fuller's true passion lay in residential designs, having 'moonlighted' throughout. Working on his own, Mr. Fuller prepared designs for a number of residences around the North Shore of Boston where he resided until moving to Martha's Vineyard in June 2015 to marry his true love, Mary Rentschler, a longtime island resident and highly regarded interior designer.
In the summer of 2013, Mr. Fuller had taken a hiatus from architecture to volunteer for The Gloucester Adventure organization, a nonprofit that was in the final stages of restoring the famous Gloucester schooner Adventure, a National Historic Landmark and project of Save America's Treasures. John became Executive Director of the organization and embarked on a unique architectural initiative documenting every plank, timber and beam the length of the vessel below decks and preparing drawings for the proposed restoration in accordance with the Department of the Interior's guidelines for historic vessels. Mr. Fuller's drawings were submitted along with grant applications to secure state, federal and community funding needed to get Adventure sailing again (not since 1988).
Mission accomplished, Mr. Fuller shoved off for the Vineyard to undertake his most recent imitative, to design residential projects on the Vineyard and to become actively involved in the local community, including advocating on behalf of the cultural community to help enrich the civic environment we all live in.