Carol R. Johnson ’51 is a nationally recognized leader in landscape architecture and site planning. After receiving her Masters from Harvard University in 1957, Johnson gained experience at several reputable Boston area firms before establishing her own in 1959. She has since returned to Harvard to teach at the University's Graduate School of Design.
As president and founder of Carol R. Johnson & Associates, the firm has gained prominence through its work on high visibility design projects such as, the Hunnewell Visitors Center of the Arnold Arboretum and John F. Kennedy Memorial Park at Harvard University, the new U.S. Federal Courthouse in Boston, MA, the riverfront revitalization program in Hartford, CT and Lechmere Canal Park from the Waterfront Center in Washington D.C. Ms. Johnson's firm has garnered numerous awards from prestigious affiliations such as; the American Institute of Architects, American Society of Landscape Architects and Boston Society of Landscape Architects. In 1998, she became the first woman to receive the ASLA Medal, the Society's highest honor, and has also received the National Endowment for the Arts' Excellence in Universal Design Award in 1996.
While continuing to direct her practice, Carol Johnson is also an active member of various professional and civic organizations. She has been Chair of numerous awards selection committees and is a Trustee for the Hubbard Educational Trust, Chair of the Board of Designators of the George B. Henderson Foundation, and fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects. Ms. Johnson is also a frequent panelist and commentator on landscape design issues and has presented papers at multiple international conferences. Some of Johnson's current projects include a Master Plan for the 113 acre Alaska Botanical Garden in Anchorage, Alaska, as well as a design for the Taoyuan Open Space in Taoyuan, Taiwan.
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