David Paul Johnson

David Paul Johnson, AIA, LEED AP, is also promoted to vice president at SmithGroupJJR, continuing in the role of Higher Education Practice strategist. Johnson specializes in translating high-level, strategic drivers into design solutions that solve clients’ biggest challenges. Among his current project work is the Boston University framework plan. At SmithGroupJJR, Johnson presently co-leads its Campus Forward program, an initiative to identify drivers and dimensions of change in higher education followed by the development of effective planning tools and concepts. The registered architect graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard University, followed by a Master of Architecture from the University of Michigan. Johnson joined SmithGroupJJR in 2005 as an architect, progressing to the roles of office director, science and technology studio leader, and planning and research director at the firm’s Detroit office, where he is now based.