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John B. Carran is presently a freelance Landscape Architect. John believes in a comprehensive and sustainable approach to work with his clients, educating them on the design, engineering, and environmental impact of their landscape needs and desired plans. His designs span through seven states and three countries. He first began his career as a Landscape Designer for the award-winning Landscape Architecture firm of Busk and Associates in Naples, Florida where he won two design awards for his residential creations. Before relocating to Columbia, South Carolina, John worked and volunteered overseas. He served as the head of the Marine and Environmental Research Institute (MERIP) at the Ponape Agriculture and Trade School in the Federated States of Micronesia, where he managed daily operations of the aquaculture and marine research facility. He supervised economic development pilot projects including black pearl oyster farming, natural sponge farming, giant clam rearing and soft and hard coral cultivation. John also taught courses in Environmental Science, Island Ecology and Geometry to high school juniors and seniors. John spearheaded and implemented campus design and construction projects. In addition, John served as a United States Peace Corps volunteer in the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, where he trained to teach Environmental Science and spearheaded vegetable gardening projects and projects to create live fences to deter desertification. In the states of New Jersey and Maryland, John designed and supervised the construction of residential housing developments and conducted historical home and building restorations. John even spent a few months on the bottom of the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona creating new mule and pedestrian trails and working on the visitor cabins at The Phantom Ranch. John holds a B.S. in Landscape Architecture from the University of Kentucky and undertook graduate studies in Environmental Planning at the University of Florida. He is a member of American Society of Landscape Architects (A.S.L.A.). John is active in the Columbia community as a member of the United Way of the Midlands Young Leaders Society, a volunteer with Home Works of Columbia, and with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands. John is world explorer who has visited many different countries and experienced a diverse range of cultures. He is writing a book of short stories about his encounters. He is also presently restoring his and his wife’s 80-year-old home.