John C. Dickinson

John Dickinson is an International prominent deafspace designer. A recognized expert in his field, John is often invited to speak, write and participate in conferences and lectures.  Mr. Dickinson is the founder of Dickinson + Partners, a consulting firm that offers collaborative visioning, programming, design and planning expertise to schools throughout the world.

A wide range of rich experiences have deepened John’s perspective, allowing for a holistic approach virtually unparalleled in the industry. Associated with some of the most renown educational architecture firms, he collaborates as an educational facility planner with some of the international’s most thoughtful clients.

For over 25 years, John has planned and designed meaningful places for learners across the world. Through an exceptionally creative approach, he has designed schools and living spaces with both focused and playful spaces.  As you review his portfolio, you will notice the breadth of artistic expression that results from listening to his client’s desires. Working with a focus on community, John is a master at bringing together the school community, parents, students, and the larger community to create consensus and engagement.

Prior to founding Dickinson + Partners, John was Principal and Director of Special Needs Studio at Winter & Company, an Architectural and Urban planning firm in Boulder, Colorado.


AIA Award of Educational Design Excellence: Columbine Senior High School, Littleton, CO
Maine GOLD LEED Award: Gov. Baxter School for the Deaf New K-12 Educational Center


American Institute of Architects (Member)
Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind, Board of Trustee 2004-2014
Schools for the Children of the World
National AIA Continuing Education Curriculum Design
American Architectural Foundation (AAF)
Council of Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI)
Association for the Advancement of International Education (AAIE)
National Association of the Deaf (NAD)
National Autism Association (NAA)
National Deaf Senior Coalition