John Baker

Freelance Architectural Illustrator & Architect

Location:United States
2 Skills
John Baker

26434 Greythorne Phone: 248-705-1012
Farmington Hills, MI 48334

From my university training, I have worked in the commercial real estate sector in a capacity of owner’s in-house expert for Site Programming. My 20 years of management experience has contributed to record setting sales for an industry leader, Taubman Centers, 1 yr., 5 yr. and 10 yr. segments. My background, as it relates to commercial real estate, in a mall setting, includes:
• Liasion with Leasing and Development: Site acquisition/conceptual planning/logistics
• Site Programming: Layout of highest and best uses for tenant national accounts
• Entitlement negotiations: Landlord/tenant interface with local governement
• Leasing Studies: Financial and Square Footage Metrics
• Mech/Elec/Plumbing Studies: tenant requirements
• Code Analysis: Permit retention, tenant coordination

Consulting, Boards, Volunteering and Continuing Education 2009-present
Resale stores for non-profit schools, boards for education/ecclesiastical, computer classes and numerous residences.

Taubman Centers, LLC, Bloomfield Hills, MI 1978-2009
Real Estate Investment Trust(REIT)of shopping malls nationwide

Director, Real Estate/Development Dept. 1999-2009
Responsibilities: Oversight of 15 properties. Working with the Leasing Dept., I led a team of Tenant Coordinators in pushing store openings ahead of their Lease Commencement Date(LCD)thus producing ‘early rent’. In this endeavor, there was no compromise in the aesthetic or technical standards in the Landlord’s Criteria. See Job Summary for accomplishments during this period.

Regional Manager, Real Estate/ Development Dept. 1990-1998
Responsibilities: Oversight of 10 properties. Working with the Leasing Dept., I led a team of Tenant Coordinators in pushing store openings ahead of their Lease Commencement Date(LCD)thus producing ‘early rent’.

Tenant Coordinator II, Real Estate/ Development Dept. 1983-1998
Responsibilities: Plan Review/coordinator of 4 regional centers(Short Hills, Stamford TC, Westfarms, and Charleston Pl.). All were high profile centers for couture tenants and restaurants.

Tenant Coordinator, Real Estate/Development Dept. 1980-1982
Responsibilities: On-site construction representative at Short Hills Mall, (NJ), Stamford Town Center(CT). Reporting and enforcing criteria for tenant build-outs.

Draftsman, Real Estate/ Development Dept. 1978-1979
Responsibilities: Production of Exhibits, Space Layouts and other materials for the Tenant Handbook.


BS/BA Degrees(Architecture), Lawrence Technological Univ., Southfield, MI

Licensed Architect, State of MI
Member, International Council of Shopping Centers
Member, Building Committee, Southfield Christian School

International Building Code Seminar--updates to IBC Codes
Harvard University--Cost estimating classes
Stephen Covey 7 Habits Training--Leadership Training Classes
AIA Design Seminar-- seminar participate
Auto CAD(Auto Desk ’09), Oakland Community College
Project Management Program, Take Charge Program, Walsh College
Project Management Exam Training, Oakland Community College

Red Cross Blood Donor(20 years)
Encore Upscale Resale store, Southfield, MI
Alumni Contributor, Lawrence Technological Univ.(10 years)
Michigan Senior Olympics, Triathlon, bronze medal winner(2 yrs)
Encore Upscale Resale Store, Auburn Hills(2 months)
Southfield Christian School, Library/Media Center Design(6 months)
EFORCE, job retention initiative, Farmington Hills(6 months)
Detroit Free Press Marathon, registration and race day activities(2 days)