The University of Kentucky College of Design has appointed Jeffrey Johnson as the new Director of its School of Architecture. Previously, Johnson was adjunct faculty at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University in New York.
A registered architect, Johnson founded the GSAPP’s Asia Megacities Lab. There he studied the “museumification” of China through its current museum building boom. Johnson is also co-editing the forthcoming book entitled The China Lab Guide to Megablock Urbanisms, which looks at the radical transformations of China’s urban landscape.
Along with teaching at Columbia, Johnson has also taught at the Illinois Institute of Technology and at Tongji University in Shanghai. He is also a founding principle of SLAB, an architectural and urban design practice with a focus on research and experimentation. The office’s work ranges from academic and cultural spaces to commercial and retail flagships. With a wide range of internationally built work, Johnson’s balance of academic and professional practice gave him an edge in the selection of the directorship position.
“What impressed our committee is that he’s successfully oscillated between academia and professional practice throughout his career,” said Anne Filson, chairman of the search committee. “That, combined with his record of intellectual leadership, made him an exceptional candidate within a very competitive field.”