John Flynn and Suenn Ho met in the mid-80's at graduate school. They followed separate career paths, and worked as colleagues for an extended number of years at Rafael Viñoly Architects in New York City and then again at the Portland office of MG2 Architecture. In the fall of 2013, John and Suenn founded RESOLVE Architecture + Planning, a new firm that has brought in great clients and a diverse book of work!
John R. Flynn
AIA NCARB LEED® AP
Principal, Urban Designer
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John Flynn is a registered architect with 25 years of experience who has spent his career designing, managing and executing complex and challenging projects for a wide range of clients. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects and a LEED® Accredited Professional. Following his BS in Architecture from the University of Virginia and a Master of Architecture degree from Columbia University GSAPP, John worked in New York City, France and Hong Kong before moving to Oregon in 1993. He has also taught at the University of Oregon's Portland Program in Urban Architecture and Marylhurst University's Interior Design program. John is currently serving on the AIA Oregon Council's Board of Directors.
John is the co-founder and managing member of RESOLVE Architecture + Planning. As principal architect in the RESOLVE studio, he takes a hands-on approach to all projects, functioning in design, management and technical capacities. In addition to his international experience, John has worked in a leadership role at several local firms during his two decades in Portland. He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to each of his projects, benefiting clients, colleagues, and end users.
Suenn Ho is a versatile urban designer and professor of architecture who has designed a broad spectrum of projects including notable commissions from several Oregon municipalities as well as private sector projects. She has been a key consultant for Portland's Old Town/Chinatown working on urban design, community outreach and public art. Her work as a designer with local architectural firms includes a public library, a senior affordable residential tower, frozen yogurt boutiques, grocery store renovations, and the design and re-branding of several public utility service centers. Her ongoing commission with the City of Astoria to design their bicentennial Legacy Gift, Heritage Square, encapsulates a rich range of design deliverables – master planning, architecture, landscape design, and custom-designed art pieces.
Suenn holds a Master of Architecture degree from Columbia University’s GSAPP and earned a Fulbright Fellowship and NEA grant to study/research high density urban enclaves. She has taught consistently at the University of Oregon’s School of Architecture and Allied Arts in both Eugene and Portland since 1993. Suenn received the 2011 inaugural Honored Citizen Award from the Portland Lodge of the Chinese-American Citizens Alliance; she is a 2014 Daily Journal of Commerce "Women of Vision" honoree; and recently received the Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce 2014 Most Distinguished Individual Award.
Suenn’s design work extends beyond architectural and urban design. She created a screen of kiln-formed glass and steel for the Architectural Foundation of Oregon’s 2003 exhibit titled “Betweeness.” In 2005, she designed and oversaw installation of 20 bronze sidewalk plaques in Portland’s Chinatown as part of the 3rd & 4th Avenue Streetscape Improvements.