DesignLens | John Burns Real Estate Consulting


Online Image Tours and
Analysis of Great Communities

DesignLens is the building industry’s resource for innovative design solutions loved by both builders and homeowners:
  • Model homes
  • Master-planned communities
  • Historical neighborhoods
  • Town/commercial centers

The 1000+ communities and developments depicted on DesignLens have been chosen for their innovations in architecture, design, land planning, and/or historical significance.

Through April 2019, DesignLens contains photos and analysis of:
  • 880 new home communities
  • 135 historic neighborhoods
  • 120 masterplans

Monthly Publication of 8 Innovative Communities

New communities and topics featured each month include:

  • 6 new home projects
  • 1 masterplan
  • 1 historical neighborhood

Each community includes:

  • Photo tour with narration and analysis
  • Site plan
  • Floor plans
  • Project stats
  • Included features
  • Consultant information

A Photo Library of Inspiring Designs

You can search the over 100,000 images stored in the DesignLens archives by:

  • Architectural styles
  • Density per acre
  • Exterior features
  • House widths
  • Housing types
  • Interior details
  • Lot size
  • Regions
  • Square footages

DesignLens also provides communication tools that let you share this valuable information with clients and colleagues:

  • Create slideshows for design boards and presentations
  • Share images and ideas with clients from remote locations
  • Make folders of your favorite product solutions

Exclusive Invitation to the
Housing Design Summit

Where Great Design, Research, and Profitability Converge
March 12
–13, 2019 | The Woodlands, TX

Each year, the smartest executives in community and home building design meet to learn from each other and to build a network that helps them make great decisions year round. At the Housing Design Summit, executives will tour great design, share their recent successes as well as lessons learned, and listen to provocative educational speakers.

Interested in attending next year’s Housing Design Summit?

If you have any questions about our 2020 Housing Design Summit and how you can attend, please contact Kathy Ayuyao at (949) 870-1200 or by email.


2018 Housing Design Summit

On March 20–21st, 2018, we hosted 122 housing experts to discuss the future of home design. Our amazing speakers spanned multiple disciplines, allowing them to each deliver a unique understanding of why new ideas that generate profit are important. They included five trend forecasters, seven market researchers, six design consultants, six architects, three industrial designers, six community developers, and seven home builders.

Conference Summary Now Available for Download!

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For customized design insight for your community, contact any of our consulting leaders:


Jenni Lantz
Jenni Lantz, Manager | DesignLens
Denver, CO
(720) 328-1530

Adam Artunian
Adam Artunian, Vice President
Irvine, CA
(949) 870-1213

David Jarvis
David Jarvis, Senior Vice President
Houston, TX
(713) 906-3829

Dean Wehrli
Dean Wehrli, Senior Vice President
Sacramento, CA
(916) 508-2932

Don Walker
Don Walker, Managing Principal
San Diego, CA
(858) 281-7212

Jeff Kottmeier
Jeff Kottmeier, Senior Manager
Washington, DC
(202) 815-3080

Ken Perlman
Ken Perlman, Principal
San Diego, CA
(858) 281-7214

Kristine Smale
Kristine Smale, Vice President
Fort Myers, FL
(239) 300-5057

Lesley Deutch
Lesley Deutch, Principal
Boca Raton, FL
(561) 998-5814

Pete Reeb
Pete Reeb, Principal
San Diego, CA
(858) 281-7216