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Mark Johnson: “Landscape Architects as Agents of Change”

October 28, 2013 @ 5:30 pm


The UT Landscape Architecture Program presents Mark Johnson, FASLA, founder of the firm Civitas, on Monday, October 28 at 5:30 p.m. in McCarty Auditorium.

Johnson will present his lecture “Landscape Architects as Agents of Change.” The event is free and open to the public.


Mark Johnson FASLA
Mark Johnson is a landscape architect and urban designer with a lengthy portfolio of park, public space and urban regeneration projects. As founder of the firm Civitas in 1983, he has led projects of all scales and types across the nation and in Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

Notable projects include the redevelopment of the Stapleton Airport in Denver, The Los Angeles River Revitalization Master Plan, Museum Park Miami and the San Diego North Embarcadero. Mark is known for projects of large scale that engage social, economic and environmental systems. His work has emphasized the reuse of brownfield and underutilized sites, combining the redesign of infrastructure, transportation, land use, open space and environmental systems to transform entire districts of core cities.

Mark’s recent work has engaged some of the most complex urban challenges. In Tampa he is leading the design of a new riverfront park in downtown; in San Diego the expansion of the Convention Center on the waterfront; In St. Louis a major regeneration of the city’s blighted Northside including the infamous Pruitt-Igoe site; and in Portland the redevelopment of a shipyard into an innovation community for tech businesses.

Mark is also the lead designer for a new city in Kabul, Afghanistan, Dehsabz City (Green City). This effort focuses on building a new city based on a combination of islamic and western design principles on land adjacent to Kabul that was destroyed by war.

Mark has won many awards for design, planning and service in his history of pushing the envelope of practice for landscape architects and urban designers.   He is a frequent lecturer at universities, a regular panelist for ULI Forums, lecturer and faculty at the International Academy of Design and Health, Stockholm and core member of the Working Group on Sustainable Cities at Harvard.


Students are encouraged to read the “Lecture Series Readings” provided through the “Academics” server. All college faculty, students, and staff have access to this folder.



October 28, 2013
5:30 pm