Craig Johnson


Craig Johnson

Professor Emeritus

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About Me

I joined the USU Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning (LAEP) faculty in 1966 and was an integral part of this department for an unprecedented 42 years. I received a BLA degree from Michigan State University and an MLA degree from the University of Illinois. In 1983 I earned an MS degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Biology from South Dakota State University. During my impressive tenure at Utah State University, I enriched the educational experiences of countless students and conducted innumerable environmental planning and ecological restoration projects. I have had an enormous impact on this department and the landscape architecture profession over the years. I have been honored with emeritus faculty status by USU and currently serve on several MLA student thesis committees.

My areas of expertise include: planting design, land reclamation, urban forestry and wildlife habitat planning and design. My publication Conservation Corridor Planning at the Landscape Levels Managing for Wildlife Habitat received the Wildlife Society’s book of the year award in 2001.

I am a licensed landscape architect in the states of Idaho, Minnesota, and Utah , and have collaborated or been project director on numerous projects which have received state and national ASLA, American Planning Association and American Institute of Landscape Architects awards. In 1982, I was awarded the Utah Chapter of ASLA Distinguished Service Award.

I have been selected LAEP Department Teacher of the Year numerous times and was recognized as the University of Arizona, College of Renewable Natural Resources' Outstanding Teaching during my sabbatical leave at that institution. In 1984, I was selected as Teacher of the Year for the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Science and in 1988 was named Utah State University International Professor of the Year. In 2003, I was awarded the Jot D. Carpenter Teaching Medal by the American Society of Landscape Architecture. I am a member of ASLA and the Society for Ecological Restoration.


Master of Science - Fisheries & Wildlife Biology
South Dakota State University

Master of Landscape Architecture
University of Illinois

Bachelor of Landscape Architecture
Michigan State University


Licensed Landscape Architect

Areas of Expertise

Planting Design
Land Reclamation
Urban Forestry
Wildlife Habitat Planning & Design