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John Sugrue, AIA, is an Associate and Senior Urban Designer at Skidmore, Owings and Merrill LLP (SOM) in San Francisco. His work at SOM involves large-scale city design and urban planning throughout China and Asia. These projects focus on bringing a sustainable framework to urban redevelopment and new transit-oriented developments while maintaining and enhancing local culture and identity to create livable and environmentally responsible cities. Prior to joining SOM, he was a practicing architect in Chicago and New Orleans. He received a master’s in urban design degree from University of California, Berkeley and a master’s of architecture from Tulane University.