Mark Johnson


Mark Johnson uses a place based, community oriented approach to his work. He is a design collaborator, drawing the best from clients, teammates, public artists, and community members alike. His work with cultural institutions, municipalities, and communities has allowed him to develop a keen eye toward deep green infrastructure and true sustainability of place – one that is rooted in site specific characteristics merged with the opportunity to demonstrate sustainability in a visual, elegant way. He has spent the last decade refining an approach to scale based regenerative design – matching occupant, program, and climate to place in projects, ranging from interpretive focused nature centers to public parks, municipal infrastructure and museums.

Utilizing his backgrounds in music and sculpture, combined with an ecological design sense, he works across disciplines to create dynamic shared visions — where buildings, landscapes, and people are interconnected, reflective of their context, history, and goals. Layering conceptual design upon natural processes, Mark’s work celebrates the human activities of a place through the capture of rainwater, the movement of the sun, and the passage of time. At once of the place and for its people, Mark creates places to live, celebrate, reflect, and learn.

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Awards & Recognition

Living Cities, International Living Futures Institute
Fight for Your Right of Way, 2013

AIA Seattle
Honor Award - Mercer Slough 2009

King County Green Globe Awards
Leader in Sustainable Building, Mercer Slough 2009

Cascade Land Conservancy
John H. Stanford Education Achievement Award, Mercer Slough 2007


Past Speaking Engagements