Richard Johnson

Richard Johnson began his education in the study of landscape horticulture, then developed an interest in more abstract issues in horticulture, completing Masters of Science and Ph.D. degrees with theses focused on commercial flower production. He taught in the Horticulture department at Virginia Tech for several years, with courses required for both Horticulture and Landscape Architecture degrees. This awakened his interest in landscape architecture, and he returned to graduate school for a Master's of Landscape Architecture degree from Harvard University in 1986, in some sense exchanging the sciences for the arts. He was fortunate to work with several successful firms in the Boston area on a wide range of public and private designs in the US and in Europe, making use of his horticulture background particularly in complex planting projects. In 1995 he relocated to Cape Cod, working with Stephen Stimson Associates until late 2009, when he established his own firm. Over these years of practice, he has developed particular interests in landscape ecology and the development of projects in sensitive environmental settings. More recently he has become interested in interior plantings and their impact on the workplace experience.

  • BS, Cornell University
  • MLA, Harvard University
  • MS, North Carolina State University
  • PHD, University of Minnesota, Duluth


  • LDAR-2252-01 Plant Materials
  • LDAR-W217-01 Research Methods For Design
  • LDAR-2252-02 Plant Materials


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