John Cays is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the Hillier College of Architecture and Design. John holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of the Arts and Master of Architecture degree from Princeton University. As a professional experienced in different areas of design, he is a co-founder of the GRADE Architects, an architecture and interior design firm in NYC. Prior to that John worked as a project manager at Robert A.M. Stern Architects. John contributed his work to various professional associations, including his service as North East Regional Director for the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture from 2014 – 2017 and as a Director on the National Architectural Accrediting Board from 2017 – 2020. John currently serves on the Education Committees at SIGGRAPH and the American Center for Life Cycle Assessment.