Todd Johnson

Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning

Associate Professor


Todd Johnson

Contact Information

Office Hours: M-W-F 12:30-1:30
Office Location: FAV 236
Phone: (435) 797-0501
Email: todd.johnson@usu.edu

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.

Awards

2020 Idaho APA - Student Award for City of Pocatello and the Portneuf River, 2020

Idaho APA (American planning Association)

2020 Utah Real Estate Competition Awards, 2020

Ivory Boyer Development/University of Utah/Eccles School

2018 Utah ASLA Honor Award, 2019

State Chapter ASLA

2019 - Utah Real Estate Competition Student Awards, 2019

Boyer Development/University of Utah Eccles

2018 Utah ASLA Honor Award, 2018

State Chapter ASLA

2018 - Utah Real Estate Competition Student Awards, 2018

Boyer Development/University of Utah Eccles

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 | Abstracts

An asterisk (*) at the end of a publication indicates that it has not been peer-reviewed.

Publications | Journal Articles

Academic Journal

    In-House Journal

      Professional Journal

        An asterisk (*) at the end of a publication indicates that it has not been peer-reviewed.

        Publications | MultiMedia

        Video

          An asterisk (*) at the end of a publication indicates that it has not been peer-reviewed.

          Publications | Technical Reports

          AES Reports

          • Johnson, T., (2019). Layton Forward: Strategies for Layton's Development Future . *

          Other Reports

          • Lavoie, C., Johnson, T., (2018). (Report) Centennial Park Schematic Design. *
          • Lavoie, C., Johnson, T., (2018). (Report) The City of Pocatello and the Portneuf River. *
          • Johnson, T., (2018). Ogden Valley + Powder Mountain "An Innovative Response to Growthj". *
          • Lavoie, C., Johnson, T., (2017). (Report) Hinckley Ranch - Mountain Ability Center. *
          • Lavoie, C., Johnson, T., (2017). (Report) The Evolving Mosaic of South Salt Lake City. . *
          • Lavoie, C., Johnson, T., (2016). Designing a Vision for Boise Bench: Engaging public and private groups in a conversation about their future. *

          An asterisk (*) at the end of a publication indicates that it has not been peer-reviewed.

          Publications | Other

          Other

            An asterisk (*) at the end of a publication indicates that it has not been peer-reviewed.

            Teaching

            LAEP 6200 - Bioregional Analysis and Planning, Fall 2020
            LAEP 6860 - Faculty/Interdisciplinary Seminar I, Fall 2020
            LAEP 6740 - Planning Theory and Implementation Issues, Fall 2020
            LAEP 6410, 4100 - Urban Theory, Systems, and Design, Fall 2020
            LAEP 4040, 6060 - E Studio / Entrepreneurship in Planning and Design, Spring 2020
            LAEP 4120 - Senior Capstone: Planning and Design Leadership, Spring 2020
            LAEP 6200 - Bioregional Analysis and Planning, Fall 2019
            LAEP 6960 - Masters Project, Fall 2019
            LAEP 6740 - Planning Theory and Implementation Issues, Fall 2019
            LAEP 2700, 6270 - Site Analysis: Social, Behavioral, and Biophysical Dimensions, Fall 2019
            LAEP 4040 - E Studio / Entrepreneurship in Planning and Design, Spring 2019
            LAEP 4120 - Senior Capstone: Planning and Design Leadership, Spring 2019
            LAEP 6200 - Bioregional Analysis and Planning, Fall 2018
            LAEP 2700, 6270 - Site Analysis: Social, Behavioral, and Biophysical Dimensions, Fall 2018
            LAEP 4040 - E Studio / Entrepreneurship in Planning and Design, Spring 2018
            LAEP 4120 - Senior Capstone: Planning and Design Leadership, Spring 2018
            LAEP 4900 - Special Problems, Spring 2018
            LAEP 1030 - Introduction to Landscape Architecture, Fall 2017
            LAEP 2700, 6270 - Site Analysis: Social, Behavioral, and Biophysical Dimensions, Fall 2017
            LAEP 4040 - E Studio / Entrepreneurship in Planning and Design, Spring 2017
            LAEP 4120 - Senior Capstone: Planning and Design Leadership, Spring 2017
            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

            Creative Works | Other

            • 2019 UREC Competition/Logan, UT, Other, 2019 Utah Real Estate Compeition - Selected Site Logan, UT - 2019
            • 2020 REC Competition/Logan, UT, Other, 2020 Utah Real Estate Competition - Selected Site Logan, UT - 2019

            Graduate Students Mentored

            James Anglesey, Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning, December 2017