Carnegie Mellon University

President and CEO , Noisette Company


John L. Knott, Jr. leads the Noisette Project development team, which is collaborating in a public-private partnership with the City of North Charleston to restore 3,000 acres of the city’s historic urban core. Knott has 38 years of experience in the urban redevelopment, historic preservation and com­munity rehabilitation .elds. He is an internationally recognized leader in the redevelopment of cities, and has served as an advisor to municipalities throughout the United States, Canada, China and Russia.

Mr. Knott is a third generation builder and developer, with extensive experience in the holistic development of planned communities. As the Noisette Company’s visionary, Knott guides the Company’s master planning process with the local community in North Charleston, emphasizing the balance between business and residential uses with the restoration of the region’s ecosystem. Recently, John served as CEO and Managing Director of the 1,206-acre Dewees Island, community near Charleston, SC. In 2001, Dewees won the Urban Land Institute’s prestigious Award for Excel­lence.

A few of his many appointments include Eisenhower Foundation and the Heinz Center Design Com­mittee, both in Washington, DC; Chairman of the ULI South Carolina District Council; Chairman for Charleston County’s 1/2 Cent Sales Tax Transportation Advisory Board; and Board Member of Melaver, Inc., a southeast green development company headquartered in Savannah, Georgia.