Craig Johnson 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. He received a BLA degree from Michigan State University and an MLA degree from the University of Illinois. In 1983 he earned an MS degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Biology from South Dakota State University. During his impressive tenure at Utah State University, he enriched the educational experiences of countless students and conducted innumerable environmental planning and ecological restoration projects. Craig has had an enormous impact on this department and the landscape architecture profession over the years. He has been honored with emeritus faculty status by USU and currently serves on several MLA student thesis committees.
Craig’s areas of expertise include: planting design, land reclamation, urban forestry and wildlife habitat planning and design. His publication Conservation Corridor Planning at the Landscape Levels Managing for Wildlife Habitat received the Wildlife Society’s book of the year award in 2001. For a comprehensive list of Craig’s publications, please see his curriculum vitae.
Craig is a licensed landscape architect in the states of Idaho, Minnesota, and Utah , and has 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 he was awarded the Utah Chapter of ASLA Distinguished Service Award.
Craig has 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 his sabbatical leave at that institution. In 1984 he 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 Craig was awarded the Jot D. Carpenter Teaching Medal by the American Society of Landscape Architecture. He is a member of ASLA and the Society for Ecological Restoration.