John is a Senior Architect, graduated from the ULA (University of de Los Andes) with a “Magna Cum Laude” distinction, which means "with high honors" after obtained the best records of his School and Faculty.
John’s career contents experiences: as Architect Assistant (with Enrrique Ceron and Luis Guatarasma); as an Architect (with Abalos & Herreros, Gabriel Visconti, Plasma Studio and HWCD); as a Builder (with Carrara Building); as Structure Engineer (with Martin Redston Associate) and as Executive Director (with HWCD). He also has a remarkable academicals experience collaborating with a large number of Universities and Organizations around the world: doing critics, conference, etc. such: Westminster University (UK); The Colleague of Architects in Madrid (Spain); Shanghai University (China); University of Zulia (Venezuela); ENEA (covering all Venezuela); ELEA (covering more than 15 Latino-America countries) and the World Forum of Young Architect, in which one he won the 1st award of the design competition in 2004 in Culiacan (Mexico).
As an Architect, John distinguished himself as someone with a cultural knowledge, high sense of space and great attention to construction details. His work reflects mainly a fusion of styles between his Latin-American, European and Asian Inside-out experiences, as well as his inclination for using local materials in order to reduce the environmental impact of the projects in its surroundings.
As an Executive Director, John is getting more involve in the commercial stage, intending always to provide to clients the best architecture and interior design possible, not only considering the conceptual aspects, but also the beneficial coming from the business and investment point of view; in both cases: developers or final users.
Mr. Oliu has begun his professional career in San Francisco, California, where he worked for Reif-Shaffer Architects. During this time he participated in emblematic projects, one of which is the Allen Telescope Array (ATA) for the SETI Institute in Hat Creek Observatory, Northern California.
Early 2000, he moves to Barcelona, Spain, and begins collaboration with reputed Spanish architect Carles Basso and PM Enric Llucia. During this time, he works in boutique Hotels and Resorts throughout Europe and Africa. Also, he participated in many high end residential projects including luxury service apartments like Suites Avenue in Barcelona and award winning Hotel Urban in Madrid, Granados Hotel in Barcelona and Caesar Hotel in London.
In June 2009, he began collaboration with HWCD, London Office and worked together in Liberia Hills Ecological Resort, Costa Rica: 3.4 millions square meters project with eleven major activities including a polo club, an 18-Hole golf course, an airfield, and a 5 star luxury hotel and Spa.
In October 2010, he moves to Shanghai and becomes a partner of HWCD. At the present day he is leading many projects including several boutique hotels and luxury projects including a Six Senses Spa in Marbella, Spain.
University of Copenhagen, Denmark / DIS (2000-2001)
Scandinavian Architecture and Design
University of California Berkeley (1996-2000)
Bachelor Degree in Architecture-High Honors
Oxford Brookes University, UK (Summer 1999)
Programme in European Modern Architecture
Scuola Leonardo Da Vinci, Florence, Italy (1995-1996)
Programme in Reinassance Studies and Fine Arts
Dean's Honor List. Berkeley, California. 1998, 1999 & 2001,
Willis A. Gortner II Memorial Travel Fund. Berkeley, California. 1999
1st Prize Winner, US Cultural Center Competition. Oxford, UK. 1999
American Institute of Architects Scholarship. Los Angeles, California. 1996 & 1997
American Society of Engineers & Architects Award. Los Angeles, California. 1995, 1996, & 1997