John Doak graduated from the Mackintosh School of Architecture, Glasgow in 1979, the same year that 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 was the Architect for 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 several 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, Cayman Style (now known as John Doak Architecture), where he leads with an energy and informed opinion gained from almost 40 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. Doak’s work has been recognized through local and international awards programmes and appears in leading architectural publications and online media.

John Doak is the leading authority on historic buildings in the Cayman Islands and the Caribbean and authors articles 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. Doak has received Governor’s Awards for Design Excellence and Construction in 2011, 2017 and 2019 . In 2020 in celebration of his forty years in the Cayman Islands he published his book “Cayman Style” which is a history of building and development in the Cayman Islands. In 2020 he became a founding board member of the Institute of Cayman Islands Architects.

John has four children and three grand children, all born in the Cayman Islands. His wife Jackie is Chief Operations Officer for Dart Realty, the developers of Camana Bay and Kimpton Seafire Resort.

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 (ARB) – registered architect
Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) – chartered member
Royal Incorporation of Architect in Scotland (RIAS) – chartered member
Institute of Cayman Islands Architects (ICIA) – founding member
Cayman Society of Architects, Surveyors and Engineers (CASE) – member

  • 2017 – Governors Award for Design Excellence in the Cayman Islands in capacity as local Architect for 18 Forum Lane, Camana Bay
  • 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 (CHAPS) – member