John Capen Brough (b. Louisville, KY, USA) grew up in Memphis, TN. In 2004, he graduated from Princeton University with a BA in Architecture. His thesis, The Dark Forest and the Art of Inversion in the Work of Alvar Aalto, informed by time spent in Finland during a semester at Denmark's International Study Program in Copenhagen, won the F. Bernard White Senior Thesis Prize in Architecture from the Department of Art and Archaeology.

After graduation, he worked for Rafael Vinoly Architects and 1100: Architect in New York City over a period of two years. In 2006, he returned to school at the Yale School of Architecture to pursue his Masters in Architecture. During his time at Yale, he received the George Nelson Fellowship for his proposal to study the INA-Casa program of postwar Italy, and upon graduation in 2009, he received the AIA Henry Adams Medal.

He is the editor of the publication Perspecta 43: Taboo and the author of several articles on the intersection of art and architecture and their manifestations in specific places and at particular times. He currently works for Herzog & de Meuron and is a registered architect in the state of Florida.