John R. Mock graduated with his Bachelor of Architectural Engineering in 1957 from the University of Detroit. His first on-the-job experience was with Chaffee Roofing Company in Detroit (1953). Prior to graduation he was employed by Victor Gruen Asso., Inc (1954-1955), he would gain experience working on large shopping centers. Before going on active duty as an ROTC commissioned officer in the US Army, he would work short stints with Palmquest and Wright (1955), Gifffels and Rossitti (1956) and Smith Hinchman and Gryles (1957). Following his tour of duty, Mock would return to Detroit to a depressed labor market. His parents, having moved to San Diego for retirement, asked him to join them on the coast.
Upon arriving in San Diego, John interviewed with three of the burgeoning city's largest firms (Paderewski, Mitchell and Dean; Richard George Wheeler; and Frank Hope) all on the same day. John was hired by Frank Hope's firm where he would gain much-needed experience (1958-1963). Here he would design a number of the firm's progressive designs (Timken Museum, Steel House, Chuck Hope Residence and more).
In 1963, following a few "moonlighting" jobs on the side (e.g. Robert Day Residence - his first solo design), John Mock decided to start his own firm. Working from a garage studio at times, John worked alongside partners Hendrick and Tipple to create a business focused on architecture and architectural services (renderings, model building). Model builder William Tipple would leave the trio and Hendrick Mock would focus solely on architecture (1964-1994).
William Tipple was born in Providence, R.I in 1934. He secured his B.S. in Architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design in 1957. He served in the US Navy Reserve between 1957-1960. Following his stint with John Mock, he launched W. Russell Tipple & Assocs (in 1970).
As early as 1962, he was given the Exceptional Merit Citation for outstanding service, by the AIA Chapter for Omniart Magazine (1962) and for the Third Biennial Honor Awards Program (1964).
While working for Frank L. Hope, John R. Mock designed the Hindman Residence as a side job. Soon after this early solo design effort was featured in San Diego and Point Magazine (June 1963), he resigned his position at Hope's firm. Mock would form the partnership Hendrick & Mock Architects where he would design post and beam Custom Builder homes for John Mortenson and other builders in Del Cerro and La Jolla.
Before being named "Mr. Masonry for 1974" by the Masonry Contractors Association of San Diego and Imperial Counties, he founded Hendrick & Mock Architects in 1963. Between 1963-1994," the firm completed 686 projects, of which 417 were constructed." During this time the firm maintained a general, yet comprehensive practice with an average staff of 10.
According to the firm's printed materials:
"The primary concern for all projects was to related the building and its environment to the people who will be using it. The firm balanced the needs of the client with professional judgement regarding aesthetics, material, design and cost. The approach to architecture was also omni-directional since it developed design and planning solutions from three different view points: form, function and economy."
One of the earliest references to John's view of local architecture came through in an April 1962 article in Omniart Magazine. The short-lived local AIA publication featured Mock's review of the 1960 AIA Honor Awards, "Architecture ...the Example". Here, among others, John Mock helped celebrate Homer Delawie's first residence for himself in Mission Hills - a bold design.
...I feel , as the 1960 San Diego Chapter AIA Honor Awards Jury felt, that each example indicates an awareness of the principles of architecture within its architect creator. Even as each architect has given his own expression to these principles, beyond the fact of dissimilarity of building types, common relationships between each are apparent.
These relationships can be stated as follows: 1. Attention to local climate involving the basic conception of the building. 2. Attention to space surrounding the building, as well as space within the building, to create harmony between building and site. 3. Superior development of functional planning to serve the purpose for which the building was intended. 4. Experiment with structure not as an end in itself, but in response to a specific architectural need. 5. Simplified construction process through better integration of building elements. 6. Application of the concept of surprise and delight by appealing to the senses, use of light and shadow, silhouette, suggestion. 7. Materials logically used to permit structure - form - space.
...We must realize that ...photographs can only record these buildings statically, as seen from a single view point., that of the camera. To fully comprehend the value of architecture and of relations stated, these buildings and their spaces must become part of the viewers' experience and thus must be walked through or around, preferably both. (OmniArt - April 1962)
Hendrick & Mock Architects would complete 686 projects, 417 of which were constructed.
Partial List of Projects
Bock Residence (1964)
Catalina Pools Office (1969)
West Apartments (1969)
Industries Horizon Home (1964)
Coral Reef Estates
Robert Residence (1959)
El Jardin Verde
Development House for John Mortenson (1964)
El Jardin Verde
Development House for John Mortenson (1964)
Dorman Tire Company
FutureCraft Home (AKA Chambers Steel House) (1959)
Hanalei Hotel and Islands Restaraunt (1964-1981)
Hilton Hotel (1967-69)
Robert Residence (Construction completed in April 1962)
Holy Cross Cemetary Mausoleum
B. Residence (ca. 1962)
La Casa Flores
Mitchell Residence (1964)
Mock, John R. Residence (1969)
Parkway Technical & Education
(1964) (Bill Hendrick design)
Reed House Apartments
Inn / Port O' Call (1970)
Ross Residence Addition (1959)
Royal Reed Apartments
for E.P. Custom Construction Co.
Star Realty (1969)
Annex Apartments (1967)
Town and Country Hotel (1968)
Milton Residence (1964)
Valley Ho Restaraunt