Richard Johnson

Richard Johnson believes that plants as a design medium are one of the most important things setting landscape architecture apart from other design professions. He strives to expand students’ knowledge base in planting and plant ecology in this and other geographic areas by providing them with information about sustainable planting, a basic New England plant species palette and grounding in plant morphology and resources.

Johnson has practiced landscape architecture in New England since 1989 and has taught in RISD’s Landscape Architecture department since 2008. Much of his design work has been coastal, designing landscapes that fit into constraining ecological conditions. He has taught at Virginia Tech, worked for many years at Stephen Stimson Associates and established his own practice in 2010.

    Fall 2017 Courses

  • LDAR-2252-02 Plant Materials

    Wintersession 2018 Courses

  • LDAR-W217-01 Research Methods For Design
  • BS, Cornell University
  • MLA, Harvard University
  • MS, North Carolina State University
  • PHD, University of Minnesota, Duluth


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