John Martin

John Martin


SB2 324 - for office hours only  


BS in Business, UCLA

Research Interest

Real Estate

Planned Community and Mixed-Use Development

John Martin's career is balanced with experience in Market Research, Community Planning, Neighborhood and Residential Product Design, Land Development, Homebuilding, Marketing, and Sales. He provided leadership in the Strategic Planning, Product Design, and Marketing of the Mission Viejo community in the 1960s and 1970s, Irvine Company communities on the Irvine Ranch in Central Orange County, California in the 1970s and 1980s, and the Valencia community in north Los Angeles County in the 1990s. He also spent 15 years as an entrepreneurial developer and builder.

In 1970, John was the first recipient of the Tipton award for Marketing Excellence in Southern California. He was recognized as a Legend of Residential Marketing by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and Builder Magazine, at the NAHB convention in Houston in 1997. In June 2008, he was inducted into the California Building Industry Association (CBIA) Hall of Fame at the Pacific Coast Builder’s Conference in San Francisco. John is a frequent speaker at the Urban Land Institute, Pacific Coast Builders Conference, American Planning Association, and Building Industry Association meetings and conferences.

Selected Publications, News and Honors

  • 2016 - SAGE (Shaping Advancements in Generational Environments) 2016 Person of the Year Award by Building Industry Association Southern California (BIASC) 55+ Housing Council
  • 2012 - Featured in Professional Builder Magazine, July 2012, Design Innovation Issue
  • 2010 - Legend Award, ULI Community Development Council Spring Meeting, Boston
  • 2009 - PCBC “Imagining the Future” Grand Award – Creating Multigenerational Living Environments
  • 2008 - Inducted into the California Building Industry Association Hall of Fame
  • 1997 - Legend of Residential Marketing, National Association of Home Builders
  • 1970 - First recipient of Tipton Award for Marketing Excellence in Southern California