in Toronto, Brad Johnson received a Bachelor of Fine Arts In Landscape Architecture
from the University of Illinois in 1958 and a Master's Degree
in Landscape Architecture from Harvard's Graduate School of Design
in 1963. He was the Edward L. Ryerson Fellow at Illinois and the
1963 Charles Eliot Fellow at Harvard, each prize providing for
six months travel and study in Europe.
As a landscape architect with Project Planning Associates, a multi-
disciplinary consulting firm, he worked on major planning and
design projects including new communities, campus planning, waterfront
developments, and parks and recreation areas for various public
and private clients including national parks projects and the
St. Lawrence Seaway Parks system. He became Head of Landscape
Architecture in 1964.
In 1966, after an intensive involvement with EXPO '67, Brad Johnson joined
with a civil/marine engineer and a town planner to create a private
collaborative consulting practice. Johnson Sustronk Weinstein
+ Associates, headquartered in Toronto with branches in Edmonton
and Calgary, carried out concept development, master planning,
design and supervision for a wide range of projects. Assignments
included new towns in Ontario, Alberta and Texas, municipal, provincial
and national parks, a wide range of urban design, housing and
community projects, office, commercial , institutional sites and
waterfront developments as well as special projects such as the
concept and master plan for the Metro Toronto Zoo.
In 1982, Mr. Johnson resigned from his firm, and with his wife
Mary, took a three year sabbatical of sailing and land travel.
In 1987 he returned to consulting on a freelance basis under Brad
Johnson + Associates Limited and has been involved in a number
of projects either as prime consultant for clients or in collaboration
with other professionals.
He was consultant, with to the B.C. Ministry of Lands and Housing
for the design of a major part of Victoria's waterfront and to
the City of Kingston and the Ministry of Tourism and Recreation
for the development of a downtown waterfront marina. Other projects
include the Loyalist Parkway Study, concept studies for Kingston's
Inner Harbour lands, concept and design for the historic Market
Square and civic space for Kingston, design of a public amenities
scheme for Etobicoke waterfront, master plan for the Speed and
Eramosa River Valleys in Guelph, master plan for Brockville's
downtown waterfront a waterfront project for the City of Windsor.
In 2003, Brad, with his old friend and former partner, Philip
Weinstein, created a master plan to develop a 20,000 student university
campus in Oshawa, Ontario.
Recent projects include the concept for rehabilitating a quarry
into a waterfront village in Kingston, Ontario, a revitalizing
plan for the village of Rockport in the 1000 Islands, as well
as several municipal parks and residences. He was also a principal
member of a team to work with the community to develop a renewal
plan for Kingston’s Memorial Centre and fairgrounds and
in 2008 he partnered with The Planning Partnership to do a review
and assessment of the impacts on a community by a major industry’s
Johnson has been a visiting teacher of landscape architecture
at the Universities of Toronto, Guelph, the Conway School of Design
in Massachusetts and the University of Canberra, Australia. He
was a member of the Advisory Board for the University of Toronto
School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, and is a past
chairman of the Council for the accreditation of degree granting
programs in landscape architecture. He was also a member of the
Steering Committee for a Design Strategy for Ontario. He has been
a member of several arts and design awards juries including the
Ontario Renews Awards, Premier's Design Awards (Sask), Toronto
Arts Awards and Ontario Arts Council. In turn, Johnson
has received many provincial and national design awards.
Brad Johnson was made an Academician of the Royal Canadian Academy
of Art in 1975, the first landscape architect to be so honoured.
He is also a Member Emeritus of the Ontario Association of Landscape
Architects and Fellow and past president of the Canadian Society
of Landscape Architects .
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