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AIA Seattle 1990 Medalist: Norman J. Johnston FAIA


Dr. Norman Johnston (b. 12/3/1918, Seattle, raised in Olympia; BA (art) UW 1942; BArch UOregon 1949; MUP 1959 and PhD 1964, UPennsylvania) has given a lifetime of service to the profession, and particularly to the architects of Seattle and Washington. Recipient of the AIA Seattle Medal in 1990 and the Jennie Sue Brown Award for distinguished service from AIA Washington Council in 1997, he has taught, interviewed, or written material read by thousands of architects and many many more.

Among his most significant achievements in shaping architectural practice, he helped establish and develop design curricula at the University of Washington College of Architecture and Urban Planning, in a variety of roles during his 29-year tenure - continuing as an Emeritus Professor in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Urban Design and Planning. He served as AIA Seattle President in 1981, and two terms on the Washington State Board of Registration for Architects, doing yeoman work with the NCARB Examination Committee and interviewing hundreds of candidates for licensure.

An historian of environmental design who has achieved breadth of study while avoiding pedantry, he has advanced both scholarly and public awareness through his extensive lecturing and publication. Published works include Cities in the Round (University of Washington Press, 1983) Washington's Audacious State Capitol and Its Builders (University of Washington Press, 1988); The College of Architecture and Urban Planning, 75 Years at the University of Washington: A Personal View (1991); A History and Directory of the AIA College of Fellows (AIA Press, 1992); Shaping Seattle Architecture: A Historical Guide to the Architects (acknowledged as initiator and editorial contributor; University of Washington Press, 1994); The Fountain and the Mountain (a history of the planning and development of the University of Washington campus, 1995); and The Campus Guide: The University of Washington (Princeton Architectural Press, 2001). He served on campus planning committees for Olympia's Capitol Campus, the University of Washington, and Washington State University.

With his wife Jane Hastings FAIA, also a recipient of the AIA Seattle Medal (1995), Norm has had a remarkably productive career in AIA at the local, national, and international scale, and has brought countless individuals from around the world into freshened and thoughtfully informed appreciation of architecture.

Norman J. Johnson FAIA


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