SOURCE: SmithGroup

Architecture, SmithGroup

February 10, 2010 12:48 ET

SmithGroup Names David Johnson to Lead Raleigh-Durham Office

DURHAM, NC--(Marketwire - February 10, 2010) - David Johnson, AIA, LEED AP, has been promoted to the role of office director at the Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina office of SmithGroup, one of the nation's leading architecture and engineering firms.

"With our focus on the science and technology market and the long-term potential growth we have in the Research Triangle and southeast U.S. region, we believe David's expertise and design leadership experience will be pivotal," said SmithGroup President and CEO Carl Roehling, FAIA, LEED AP.

In his former role of Design Principal, Johnson has been responsible for the continued expansion of the practice's presence throughout the Southeast U.S., with activity in both design leadership and business development. Johnson rejoined SmithGroup in 2006 with Patty Boyle and Bill Ash to form SmithGroup's Raleigh-Durham office; he had previously worked for the Detroit office in the late 1990s.

As an active member of SmithGroup's Science & Technology National Practice, Johnson is a frequent speaker at national conferences. This year he will be speaking about "Planning Strategies for Co-Locating Public and Private Research" at the Laboratory Design conference to be held April 19th through 21st in Raleigh. Last year, Johnson spoke at the Tradeline sponsored College & University Science Facilities and Research Facilities conferences. He also spoke at Labs21 about the National Renewable Energy Laboratory as a case study for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

A registered architect and LEED accredited professional, Johnson is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a Master of Architecture, preceded by a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard University.

Current work for SmithGroup's Raleigh-Durham office includes the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science II Research Building at Virginia Tech, which will include state-of-the-art laboratories, supporting both applied and fundamental research in several multidisciplinary areas, as well as East Carolina University's Campus Master Plan, which integrates the needs of the Main Campus, Health Sciences Campus and West Research Campus.

SmithGroup ranks as the 7th largest architecture and engineering firm in the U.S. (Building Design + Construction "Giants" survey, July 2009) and employs 800. The firm is composed of client industry-focused practices serving the higher education, science and technology, workplace, healthcare, and cultural markets. With 346 LEED accredited professionals and 42 LEED certified projects, SmithGroup is a national leader in sustainable, environmentally intelligent design.

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