John Hadley

Fifteen years ago, John Hadley and his wife Linda left Los Angles to settle on Camano Island. John designed their unique home on a bluff overlooking Port Susan Bay. Living in the Northwest’s clear air, amazing sunrises and sunsets, sounds of nature, lush landscapes and continual changes in the weather awakened his deep appreciation for the wonders of nature. He found himself wanting to express the emotional impact of his life in the Northwest. He chose to paint in abstraction to capture the motion and high impact colors of the ever changing environment. This allows him to punch up color, compose around form, and capture motion in ways that only abstraction can.

John chose architecture for his career and graduated from Dartmouth College and the USC School of Architecture. He's also a member of the American Institute of Architecture (AIA). While he had drawn during his grammar and high school years in Europe, he opted to set aside that passion for a T square and pencils.

Born February 4, 1939, Los Angeles, California

went to school in Switzerland 1948-1950 and 1952-1954

finished High School in Los Angeles, 1956

Took an extra year at Lawrenceville School in New Jersey, 1957

Dartmouth College: 1957-1961, BA

Sorbonne University in Paris 1962

University of Southern California, School of Architecture 1962-1966,BArch

United States Marine Corps Reserve: 1962-1966

Langdon Wilson, architects, Los Angeles: 1966-1975

    designing office buildings and hospitals

1976: joined the American Institute of Architects (A.I.A.)

    member emeritus now

Hadley Architects: 1975-present

Hadley/McHugh 1977-1992

    joint venture with McHugh Properties, San Francisco, CA 

    formed limited partnerships to acquire and restore properties

Hadley Construction 1992-2006

    formed to build architectural projects, mainly residential, some retail and office


Became a WA resident in 2010, now reside here full time


Service work

    Hathaway Children’s Village, Pacoima, CA, board member

    Alcohol Information Council, Los Angeles, board member

    Everett Recovery Cafe, Everett, WA, advisory council

    Dartmouth College, fund raising

    CAA, Board Member 2020-2023


started skiing in 1948 and still doing it, along with hiking, swimming, rowing, tennis

traveled extensively throughout Europe

speak french

started painting in Switzerland, stopped in college, picked it up again in 2016


married (1965), divorced, remarried (2003)

    3 children: born 1966, 1967, 1969