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Summit Panelist: Mark Johnson

Mark Johnson
June 11, 2016

Mark W. Johnson, FASLA
Co-founder, Civitas

Mark Johnson co-founded Civitas and since has led the design of nearly $1 billion in built works. He is a recognized thought leader in the regeneration of inner city, brownfield and industrial areas.  Foremost among these is his leadership of planning and design for regeneration of Denver’s Stapleton International Airport.

Mark has achieved national recognition for the design of complex urban redevelopment projects. Each of these involves green infrastructure as a catalyst to economic, environmental and social change. He led the urban design for the Los Angeles River Revitalization Master Plan and has been the lead strategist for regeneration of St. Louis’ Northside/Pruitt Igoe neighborhood since 2006. He is currently working with the New York Restoration Project and the Columbia University School of Public Health Research on an evidence-based plan for greening the South Bronx. Mark is also a prominent designer of public space. He recently completed the North Embarcadero, the centerpiece of downtown San Diego’s waterfront; St. Patrick’s Island in Calgary; Plaza One in Greenville, SC; and has ongoing public space projects in Los Angeles, San Diego, Denver, St Louis, Raleigh, Tampa, and Washington DC.

Mark has won many awards for design, planning and service in his history of pushing the envelope of practice for landscape architects. He is a frequent lecturer at universities; a regular speaker for ULI Forums; faculty at the International Academy of Design and Health, Stockholm; regular advisor to the Prague Institute for Planning; and visiting critic at the Harvard GSD.