Mark Johnson, AIA


With over 25 years of delivering sustainable public and private projects, Mark brings a place based, integrative approach to his work. He is a design collaborator, drawing the best from clients, teammates, and community members alike, and his leadership excels at a range of project types and scales. His work with cultural institutions, municipalities, and communities has allowed him to develop a keen eye toward architecture and landscape as a system, and true sustainability of place. His approach to scale based regenerative design matches occupant, program, and climate to place in projects, ranging from interpretive focused nature centers to public parks, adaptive reuse, museums, homes, and municipal infrastructure.

Layering conceptual design within ecological processes, Mark’s work celebrates the human activities of a place through the embrace of nature, the movement of the sun, and the passage of time. His ability to listen, interpret, and ask the right questions to foster collaboration is specifically beneficial to project teams. He strives for accountable sustainability through research, passive before active systems, and double or triple duty solutions that inspire efficiency and design excellence at multiple levels. At once of the place and for its people, Mark creates places to live, celebrate, reflect, and learn.

Mark is a licensed architect in Washington and Oregon.

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Awards & Recognition

AIA Seattle
Honor Award - Cottonwood Canyon Experience Center

Arch Newspaper - Building of the Year
Building of the Year Finalist + Education Facility

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

AIA Seattle
Honor Award - Mercer Slough

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