David is a Professional Associate of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC). He currently serves on the board of the Northeast chapter of the Association for Preservation Technology (APT), and is a trustee for the IUPAT: District Council No.11 Health Fund.
David is an integral part of the John Canning Co. He has been a visionary leader for the entire Canning team for more than 20 years.
He is an industry-recognized expert on historic flat and ornamental plaster as well as decorative painting techniques, gilding, and glazing and has developed multiple innovative solutions for complex restoration conditions.
David established Canning’s on-site, historic preservation painting studio, and expanded the company's specialty contracting capabilities so that the Canning standards could be applied to all preservation disciplines and project management pertinent to the historic restoration projects.
His planning and project management skills keep projects on track and on budget. David has overseen large-scale projects such as the Virginia State Capitol, the Pennsylvania State Capitol, Radio City Music Hall, and the War Memorial Opera in San Francisco. Many of the projects that he has been involved in have received national awards.
John is an honorary member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) – the only decorative painter in North America to be so honored. He is also a professional associate of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC).
John is the leading authority in the United States on traditional decorative painting techniques and materials and historic color palettes. He studied in Glasgow, Scotland where he attended the Glasgow Stow College of Building, the Scottish Decorative Trades Institute and the Glasgow School of Art. He earned the prestigious London City & Guilds certificate and served his apprenticeship as a church decorator in U.K.
Restoration architects and preservation leaders rely on John’s experience and often seek his advice on the interpretation of historic, period interiors with complex finish systems such as encaustic and distemper paints, simulated inlaid wood-grain, marbling, trompe l’oeil, architectural grisaille, freehand artwork, and old world gilding and glazing effects.
A champion of education, John continues to share his knowledge of the architectural arts with clients and professionals as a guest lecturer at university graduate preservation programs and by leading decorative finish workshops and professional development presentations.
In addition to making sure everything runs smoothly day-to-day, Dorothea oversees and manages Canning’s safety programs and protocols. Her education in construction management has led to automating the company’s information systems taking advantage of the efficiencies provided by up-to-date technology for managing finances, compliance reporting, and overall customer service.
Because of her experience on large-scale projects, and with multiple federal and state agencies throughout the country, Dorothea has a comprehensive understanding of regulations and reporting requirements, and serves as the company expert in those areas.
Grace VH Moran
Jet-lagged and exhausted a little girl fell asleep on the floor of Notre Dame de Paris during Palm Sunday Mass. Those who cannot appreciate beauty are deficient and that little girl, regardless of exhaustion, took for granted her surroundings and in her ignorance fell asleep while all the rest of the congregation knelt or stood attentively. When her grandmother realized this foolish behavior and shook the girl awake, the child opened her eyes looking upwards into the seemingly impossible ceiling of Notre Dame. In that moment, feeling small in comparison to the awe inspiring architecture and detail soaring into the heavens, Grace was made abruptly aware of what she could have missed.
From then on, Grace has made a conscious effort not only to appreciate the beauty around her but to study and understand its construction and purpose. This combined interest led Grace to graduate with a double major in history and art from Hillsdale College. For Grace, the balance of textual and visual history provides an ever intriguing perspective on the world.
Grace joined the CLA team in 2018 with a focused interest in restoring beauty to America’s sacred buildings. As a natural progression of her own interests, Grace is dedicated to preserving and beautifying sacred buildings so that everyone might experience the wonder of that which is truly beautiful.
“We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.” -Winston Churchill