Brad Johnson, Biography
Born in Toronto, he 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, he 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 rehabilitation.
Mr. 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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