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Walker Johnson, FAIA



Walker Johnson, FAIA

Walker Johnson is a nationally recognized, award-winning architect with more than 40 years of specialized experience in historic preservation. He served three terms on the Illinois Historic Sites Advisory Council to the State Historic Preservation Office.  He was president of Landmarks Illinois and was very active in its organization.   He recently served two terms as a PBS Peer Professional for the General Services Administration and has served on Building Design and Construction Magazine Award Juries (2004-2008) as well as the 2008 AIA Honor Award Jury. He is a fellow of the American Institute of Architects and an fellow of the Association of Preservation Technology.   Prior to founding JLA in 1992, he was Director of Restoration/ Rehabilitation at Holabird & Root, Architects. A well-known speaker, he lectures on topics such as preservation, history, lighting for historic buildings and building material treatments.

·  Licensed Architect:
   Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Ohio
·  NCARB Certified

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
·  Bachelor of Architecture
University of Wisconsin
·  Bachelor of Science in History

Professional Affiliations
·  Fellow, American Institute of Architects
·  Past Chairman, National AIA Historic Resources Committee
·  Fellow, Association for Preservation Technology International
·  Past President, Ragdale Foundation

Select Awards
·  American Public Works Association, Project of the Year, 2008
·  Outstanding Engineering Achievement Award, Illinois Engineer    Council, AIA Chicago Award and Honor: Wacker Drive Reconstruction
·  2007 AIA Illinois Award, St John’s Church, Quincy, Illinois
·  2006 PCA Award of Excellence, I74 Arched Pier Bridges

Select Presentations
·  “Modern Architecture Comes Around,”
    AIA Convention, 2003
·  “Architecture of the Great Society, 1960s & 70s,”
    GSA, Yale University, 2000

Additional Experience
·  University of Notre Dame School of Architecture, Guest Lecturer    and Critic, 2004 and 2006
·  University of Virginia, Charlottesville – School of Architecture    Graduate Program, Adjunct Professor, 1988 and 1989

Representative Projects

U of I Historic Preservation Architect, Urbana, Illinois
JLA has provided design services to the university since 1992. Projects include the Memorial Stadium, the Illini Union, Harker Hall, Commerce West and the South Farms. JLA was selected as the campus’ first preservation architect, and was recently award this contract a second time. JLA provides consulting, recording, Historic Structure Reports, Section 106 submittals and reviews, National Register Nominations, and restoration/rehabilitation services, 2003 – 2006, 2009 onward.

Naper Settlement, Naperville, Illinois
Since the last 1990s, JLA has completed a number of projects including the restoration of the Martin Mitchell Mansion and the Carriage House, work with the Naper Chapel and log house, and prepared a 25 year Master Plan.

Fabyan Villa, Kane County, Illinois
JLA completed a condition assessment and managed the multi-phase restoration of this 1907 Frank Lloyd Wright residence.

Great Lakes Naval Academy, Lake County, Illinois
JLA had been retained as historic consultant for the naval base.  Work has included exterior renovations of several historic buildings and also multiple interior build outs. These projects have been ongoing since 2006.

St. John’s Episcopal Church, Quincy, Illinois
This 1852 Church suffered a tragic fire that razed everything except its four stone walls and bell tower.  A few historic photos guided the reconstruction of this landmark.   

Willard Library, Evansville, Indiana
This historic library interior was restored to its original look and configuration.  JLA also provided design for updated and improved lighting in the building.

Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, Illinois
JLA conducted a peer review and investigation to assess the condition of the central terra cotta and copper dome roof on the Museum of Science and Industry and protect it from water infiltration.

Donovan Bridge, Batavia, Illinois
JLA served as consulting architect for the design of an award-winning new bridge over the Fox River. Design concepts involved visual integration of the bridge into the vibrant historic downtown.
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