John Spencer, M. Arch. is a space architect who has built a career that balances the design and development professions. He is a pioneer in what he calls "The Design Frontier." He is considered a leading expert in creation and design of real space facilities and space ship interiors for NASA and private space enterprise, as well as space and future-themed simulation attractions, resorts, camps and media for the general public. He is the founder and chief designer of the Space Experience Design Studio (SED). Over $300 million has been invested into building his original space/future themed concepts to date. He received two design awards from NASA for pioneering interior design work for the International Space Station (ISS) now in Earth orbit and has designed projects for the National Science Foundation (NSF) built in Antarctica, and an underwater lab/hab built for NOAA. Both Earth based science bases are still in operation. He is currently designing the $1.6 billion "Mars World" immersive attraction and resort for a Las Vegas developer (not yet funded) “The Science Fiction Center” at the California Space Center and the "Earthrise Center" in New Mexico for the Earthrise Institute. In 2006 he designed the "Mars Colony" simulation facility/sets for the National Geographic Society Television and Film Group, the new NASA Ames Research Center Visitor Center, and the corporate headquarters and spaceship manufacturing facility for XCOR Aerospace Corporation at the Mojave Air & Space Port. Other past design clients include: Mitsubishi Corporation, Space Camp Long Beach, Paramount Pictures Studio, Graphic Zone Computer Games, Queen Mary Corporation, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Space Age Japan, SpaceHab Corporation, TRW International, Universal Space Lines, Universal Studios, Zero Gravity Company, The Mars Institute, The SETI Institute, NASA, NOAA, NSF, The X PRIZE Foundation and many others. Since 1982 he has been pioneering the field of space tourism. He has modeled the space tourism industry after the cruise lines and super yachts. In 1995 he founded the nonprofit Space Tourism Society (STS) of which he is president. He is also the author, with Karen L. Rugg, of the book Space Tourism - Do You Want to Go? Published by Apogee books in 2004. He has been quoted in more than 90 TV shows, documentaries, and articles in magazines and newspapers on Space Tourism. He was on the board of directors of the National Space Society (NSS) (2008-2010) and is a past Honorary Chairperson of the California Space Authority's - Space Enterprise Advisory Council (SEAC) for the 2007-2010 California Space Enterprise Strategic Plan and was a participant in the 2010-2012 Plan.
Founder and President, Space Tourism Society