On January 16, 2020, J. Brett Blanton was sworn in as the 12th Architect of the Capitol by Chief Justice John Roberts at the United States Supreme Court Building. He was nominated by President Donald J. Trump on December 9, 2019, and confirmed by the U.S. Senate on December 20, 2019.
Blanton most recently served as the Deputy Vice President for Engineering at the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority. He led all planning, design, construction, environmental planning, building permitting and code enforcement for all real property controlled by the Airports Authority in support of the 50 million passengers who travel through Reagan National and Dulles International Airports. He retired from the United States Navy in 2015, following 22 years of service. While in the Navy Civil Engineer Corps, he oversaw some of the largest infrastructure projects undertaken by the Department of the Navy.
Blanton is a 1993 graduate of the United States Naval Academy and has a M.S. in Ocean Engineering from Virginia Tech. He is a registered Professional Engineer and was awarded the Bronze Star with Combat "V" for valor while serving in Baghdad, Iraq.