John CJ Doak, Architect, Imagineer and President
Qualifications Glasgow School of Art and Mackintosh School of Architecture, University of Glasgow
• Bachelor of Architecture – B.Arch (Glasgow)
• Diploma in Advanced Arch’l Studies – Dip.Arch (Glas)
Rhodec International School of Design – Diploma in Interior Design – RI Dip.
Registrations and Associations
Architects Registration Board of the UK: registered architect
Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) – chartered member
Cayman Society of Architects, Surveyors and Engineers (CASE) – member
John Doak graduated from the Mackintosh School of Architecture, Glasgow in 1979, the same year as he arrived in the Cayman Islands. John joined the company of OBM International, a leading firm of architects with offices throughout the Caribbean, where he held the position of International Director of Design and MD of the Cayman Office until December 2000. With OBM, John specialized in Commercial, Resort and Private Residential projects including FJ Harquail Theatre, CNB and Cayman National Corp. HQ., Coutts, British American Centre, Port Authority Building, CI National Museum, Ugland House, UBS House, Genesis, Wikborg House, Agape Worship Centre, Retreat at Rum Point, Gyst Building, Morritts Grand Hotel, Vista Del Mar, the Beach Houses and many private residences. His work with OBM also extended throughout the Caribbean, including TCI, Bermuda, St Kitts, Antigua, Dominican Republic and Cuba.
In January 2001 he formed his own firm of architects, Cayman Style (now known as John Doak Architecture), where he leads with an energy and informed opinion gained from over thirty years of project design and management in the Caribbean and Cayman Islands. His consistently successful methodology places equal importance on budgeting/scheduling/project management as it does on creative design.
John is the leading authority on historic buildings in the Cayman Islands / Caribbean design and writes for local and international media publications. In 2013 Doak’s work in architectural preservation was recognized by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II with a Cayman Islands Certificate and Badge of Honour. John continues to serve on various Government Boards including the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands, National Cultural Foundation, National Museum, National Trust and the Historic Building Committee.
John has four children, all born in the Cayman Islands. His wife Jackie is Chief Operations Officer for Dart Realty, developers of Camana Bay.
Awards and Recognitions
- 2013 – Cayman Islands Certificate and Badge of Honour from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
- 2011- Governors Award for Design Excellence in the Cayman Islands for Seagrape House (Link)
- 2002 – National Trust Awards – Goetz House, Lewis House, Dart Foundation Park
- 2000 – National Trust Awards – Belden House, Els House, Port Authority Bldg
- 1999 – National Trust Awards – Doak House, Wikborg House,Chomyn House
- 1997 – Winner of Design Competition (Cayman) for UBS House
- 1995 – CI Vocational Services Award from Rotary Club of Grand Cayman
- 1994 – American Express (Caribbean) Preservation Award – “Cayman Style”
- 1993 – “Wreck of Ten Sails” Art Competition (Cayman) – winner
- 1990 – American Express (Caribbean) Preservation Award – National Museum
- 1987 – Commonwealth Assoc of Architects Award – Moyle House (Cayman)
- 1983 – Winner of Design Competition – FJ Harquail Theatre (Cayman)
- 1980 – Winner of Design Competition – Retreat Condominiums (Cayman)
- 1979 – “Facelift” Ideas Competition (Sunday Times) – Commended
- 1978 – Measured Drawings National Competition (UK) – Top award
- 1977 – Art Into Landscape, International Competition (UK)– 1st prize
- Cayman Society of Architects, Surveyors and Engineers – member and past Chairman
- Architects Registration Board (ARB) – member and registered architect in UK
- Caribbean Historic Architecture Preservation Society – member