David Johnson


"I'm interested in shaping the backdrop of human experience."

David professes to loving card tricks, but it's not sleight of hand that makes him a valuable asset to the firm. His approach to architecture emphasizes human experience as the basis for design. In particular, David is widely recognized for his application of human psychology principles to the design of the research laboratory. "I've always thought of the built environment as dynamic and evolving," he says. "I'm interested in shaping the backdrop of human experience." David enjoys problem-solving at every scale-from establishing strategic plans to building consensus among multiple constituencies, to mapping the flow of information and people in a single laboratory. David also is intrigued by hybridization-"like building meets car in the form of the RV, or building merged with boat, such as a houseboat or floating city." Boating in general captures his attention; he's an avid sailor and kayaker.

Economic Productivity, Programming

Professional Credentials
American Institute of Architects (AIA), LEED Accredited Professional, Building Design + Construction (LEED AP BD+C)

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Community Involvement

Inspired by Earth Week's sustainable efforts, David, and other SmithGroupJJR team members, adopted a street in downtown Durham, NC. Sponsored by Keep Durham Beautiful, the team hits the streets every two weeks to keep the area litter-free!

Community Involvement