LAEP Speaker Series – Budge Lecture: Bill Johnson

Join us for the LAEP Speaker Series! On select Fridays throughout the semester, guest speakers from varying backgrounds share their experience and expertise, followed by a Q&A with students.

William Johnson studied landscape architecture at Michigan State University and graduated in 1953. Following his military service, he completed an M.L.A. at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. Returning to the Midwest to practice, Johnson formed Johnson, Johnson and Roy (JJR) in 1961, a partnership with his brother Carl and friend Clarence Roy. The search for fitness, harmony, and community involvement became William Johnson’s core design philosophy and a trademark of JJR’s work. Throughout his career, Johnson blended practice with his commitment to education. A professor of landscape architecture beginning in 1958, he served as dean of the School of Natural Resources at the University of Michigan from 1975 to 1983, and became Professor Emeritus in 1988. Johnson’s practice focused on campus, resort, and community planning, as well as parks and recreation projects. He was named a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects in 1973 and awarded the ASLA Medal in 1986.

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