John Blignaut



Kind and quick-witted, tenacious and creative, driven and playful, John is as complex and multi-faceted as the healthcare environments he leads to completion. A native of Johannesburg, South Africa, John has been with GBBN for more than 20 years. He manages numerous healthcare projects of varying types and scales, many of which exemplify GBBN’s long-time partnership with Cincinnati Children’s, including the AIA award-winning Clinical Sciences Pavilion and Family Pet Center.

Professional Highlights

Communication and Outreach Committee, American College of Healthcare Architects

Business Support Committee, St. Elizabeth Foundation, St. Elizabeth Healthcare

Presenter, Preparing for the Next 50 Years of Discovery, Case Study: Cincinnati Clinical Sciences Pavilion, Healthcare Design Conference

Presenter, The End of the World as we Know It, Reinventing Your Project Process, Ohio Valley Regional Conference

Co-Author, “The Healing Power of Design,” AIA Academy Journal

News & Insights

"Hagia Sofia, Istanbul, Turkey served as a Christian church for almost 1,000 years before conversion to a mosque for another 500 years and more recently a museum. This building inspires me because of its rich cultural history and its blend of structural ingenuity and architectural magnificence." - John Blignaut