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Todd Johnson

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Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning

Practitioner in Residence/Associate Professor

Temporary Associate Professor

Educational Background

Other, Landscape Architecture/Urban Design, Harvard University, 1982
BS, Landscape Architecuture Environmental Science, USU, 1976


Biography

I was born in Willmar, Minnesota in 1952 into a family with two older brothers. My oldest brother taught landscape architecture at USU for 42 years. I received my undergraduate degree in LAEP in 1976 from USU. I attended Harvard University in 1980 and received my masters degree in 1982. I have practiced professionally in landscape architecture since 1976 and been a partner in two successful design practices with national/international reputations. I have two grown children Natalie and Sam.

Teaching Interests

My teaching interests are in the studio practice of design for landscape architecture urban design and planning. The culture and practice of "studio learning" interests me. This practice involves heuristic teaching methods with students embracing self-initiated inquiry, personal and group discovery, sharing and communication of ideas. My interests and teaching experience lies in the areas of design theory, history and its application to design, communication and its application to design and sustainability as an integral part of the design process. I am particularly interested in raising the capability levels of our graduating students to find the best employment opportunities available. Critical thinking and personal skills such as poise are the results of this effort to promote collaborative heuristic learning.

Research Interests

I am interested in design teaching methods specifically tailored to a creative studio environment that encourages accelerated learning and critical thinking. Entrepreneurship originates in business practices, when blended with design process methods this pairing creates powerful design outcomes. Teaching this awareness how these methods can be employed in Studio Culture is of great interest.


Contact Information

Office Hours: M-W-F 12:30-1:30
Go toOffice Location: FAV 244
DialPhone: 435-797-5725
SendEmail: todd.johnson@usu.edu

Awards

Design Award, 2011

Colorado Chapter of ASLA

ULI Award of Excellence/10 Best Projects for Denver Commons/Riverfront, 2011

Urban Land Institiute

ULI/Dreihaus Form-Based Code Award for Denver Commons/Riverfront, 2010

Urban Land Institiute

ULI Award of Excellence/10 Best Projects for Kierland Commons, 2009

Urban Land Institiute

Congress Award of Excellence for New Urbanism for Denver Commons Urban Design Plan, 2003

CNU

Progressive Architecture First Prize in Urban Design for The Seam Plan, Jerusalem, a study of connecting East and West Jersalem for the Harvard Jerusalem Fellowship, 1984

Progressive Architecture Magazine

    Publications - Books & Book Chapters

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      Publications - Fact Sheets

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        Publications - Curriculum

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          Publications - Journal Articles

            Professional Journal

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          Publications - Literary Journal

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            Publications - MultiMedia

              Video

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            Publications - Technical Reports

              Other Reports

            • Lavoie, C., Johnson, T., (2016). Designing a Vision for Boise Bench: Engaging public and private groups in a conversation about their future. *

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            Publications - Translations & Transcripts

              Publications - Other

                Other

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              Scheduled Teaching

              LAEP 2700 - Site Analysis: Social, Behavioral, and Biophysical Dimensions, Fall 2016

              LAEP 6270 - Site Analysis: Social, Behavioral, and Biophysical Dimensions, Fall 2016

              LAEP 4040 - E Studio / Entrepreneurship in Planning and Design, Spring 2016

              LAEP 4120 - Studio 8: Senior Capstone Experience, Spring 2016

              LAEP 6100 - Regional Landscape Analysis and Planning, Fall 2015

              LAEP 2700, 6270 - Site Analysis: Social, Behavioral, and Biophysical Dimensions, Fall 2015

              LAEP 4900 - Special Problems, Spring 2015

              LAEP 4120 - Studio 8: Senior Capstone Experience, Spring 2015

              LAEP 6100 - Regional Landscape Analysis and Planning, Fall 2014

              LAEP 2700 6270 - Site Analysis: Social, Behavioral, and Biophysical Dimensionszzz, Fall 2014

              LAEP 4120 - Senior Capstone/Ogden Valley, Spring 2014