After graduating from the University of Illinois in Architecture and serving two years in the Marine Corps, John Paul returned to Champaign-Urbana and formed Creative Buildings, Inc. to design and build. Having completed more then one hundred chapels he returned to school as a Sloan Fellow in the Management School of MIT. He then managed research programs for the Sheraton Hotel Corporation and later the American Institute of Architects. He has served as Dean of Architecture at the State University of New York at Buffalo, and at Carnegie Mellon University. He was founding President of the Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture in 2003.