SOURCE: SmithGroup


August 30, 2011 14:13 ET

David Johnson to Lead SmithGroup's Science & Technology Studio Operations, Washington, DC & Durham, NC

Move Strengthens Firm's Position as Industry Leader

DURHAM, NC--(Marketwire - Aug 30, 2011) - SmithGroup, one of the nation's leading architecture, engineering, interiors, and planning firms, has promoted David Johnson, AIA, LEED AP, to lead the firm's Science & Technology Studio spanning its Durham, North Carolina and Washington, DC offices.

A registered architect with over 15 years experience in the science and technology, higher education and healthcare markets, Johnson is a well-known and respected designer who has led award-winning science and research facilities projects for major universities including Boston University, Duke University, East Carolina University, and Virginia Tech. In addition, he has special expertise in the arenas of high-performance research facility design; energy conservation and greenhouse gas emissions reduction; climate and region-appropriate ventilation strategies; and sustainable site design and research park planning.

Johnson's extensive expertise also encompasses the topic of how human psychology impacts the design of research laboratories. He has presented this methodology as "The Human Dimension of Sustainable Design" at the EPA and DOE-sponsored Laboratories for the 21st Century conference. Johnson's resume of speaking engagements also includes such notable venues as annual conferences hosted by Tradeline and R&D Magazine's Laboratory Design.

SmithGroup is a national leader in its top four markets -- science & technology, healthcare, higher education, and workplace. Johnson's promotion is an aspect of realignment by SmithGroup of top intellectual resources and management talent to focus on core national practices. The move positions the firm to provide greater professional growth for staff in the Washington, DC and Durham offices while bolstering expansion of the company's science and technology practice in the region.

"The Mid-Atlantic region offers tremendous long-term potential in the science and technology market," said SmithGroup President and CEO Carl Roehling, FAIA, LEED AP. "We believe David's expertise and design leadership will be pivotal in growing the firm's position in this area."

Johnson will also continue to lead SmithGroup's Durham, North Carolina office, a role he has held since January 2010.

Johnson holds a master of architecture from The University of Michigan and received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University. A member of the American Institute of Architects, he is a licensed architect in North Carolina, New York, Ohio, Virginia, Montana, and Idaho and a LEED Accredited Professional.

SmithGroup's nationally recognized Science & Technology Practice has completed the planning and design of over 18 million square feet of academic, corporate and government research laboratories across the U.S., ranging from small laboratory renovations to large research campuses. Among the firm's most noteworthy, recently completed projects are the National Renewable Energy Lab's Science & Technology Facility in Golden, Colo., the nation's first federal project to obtain LEED Platinum status; the University of California at San Francisco's Ray and Dagmar Dolby Regeneration Medicine Building in San Francisco, Calif.; and the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) in Phoenix, Ariz, a first-of-its-kind facility for the City of Phoenix's downtown biomedical campus.

SmithGroup ( is one of the largest architecture and engineering firms in the U.S. and composed of client industry-focused practices serving the science & technology, education, workplace, and healthcare markets. SmithGroup ranked #1 for design quality based on design awards won and #2 overall in Architect magazine's 2011 annual best firms ranking. A national leader in sustainable design, SmithGroup has 354 LEED professionals and 67 LEED certified projects. Follow SmithGroup on Facebook at

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