In 1977 John founded J. Romeo Workshop in Tribeca specializing in architectural woodworking, scenery design, and construction. Fine Woodworking is one of John’s passions, so he uses many of his joinery techniques to produce high-quality scenery and exhibits. In 1993 he founded The Farm Studio: a film and video Studio. For several years John’s primary business was Designing and Building Sets for Theatre, Video, Film, and Commercials. His clients ranged from IBM and AT&T to Lincoln Center Theatre. He sold the studio in 2005 and became more involved computer-aided design and teaching. John started in theater studying at Purchase College in 1973; he was a member of the founding class in Theatre Design Technology. In 2008, he returned to Purchase to teach Stage Carpentry and run the scenic shop, where he became a mentor to many students. Teaching inspired him to publish an interactive video iBook: “Creating Scenery and Props with SketchUp®.”
In 2014, John began freelancing as Technical Designer for many Companies in the Metro-New York Area and developed a unique approach to maximizing the potential of CAD software. John’s workflow incorporates an integration and synthesis of AutoCAD, Vectorworks, SketchUp and Adobe Illustrator to transform designs into 3D models and 2D fabrication drawings. He uses Vectorworks for design; Illustrator for vector lines; SketchUp for 3D models for presentation, enhanced by the rendering engine V-Ray, and AutoCAD as the binder of all the programs and fabrication and CNC file preparation.