Richard Johnson

Richard Johnson



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Kent, England

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Kingston Polytechnic


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Richard Johnson is best known as the creator of some of the Australian most important and iconic cultural buildings and spaces of the twentieth century. He was educated in Sydney at the University of New South Wales, graduating in 1969 with First Class Honours and the RAIA Silver Medal. He continued his education at University College, London, receiving a Master of Philosophy in 1977. He has served the community in various capacities including, most recently, as a member of the board of Australian Technology Park and the Redfern-Waterloo Authority. He has lectured and taught widely and has been an Adjunct Professor at the University of New South Wales since 1999.

At an unusually early age Richard was awarded an MBE, in 1977, for his work as architect on Okinawa Expo 75 in Japan. In 1985, in collaboration with Yoshinobu Ashihara, he completed Expo 85, Tsukuba, in the same country. In 2008 he was awarded the AIA Gold Medal for his exceptional body of work and contribution to the profession.

More recent examples of his work include: 363 George Street (1999), Art Gallery of NSW Asian Gallery (2003), Hilton Hotel redevelopment (2005), Westpac Place (2006), Arts of Islam exhibition at the Art Gallery of NSW (2007), new work at the Sydney Opera House in association with Jørn Utzon, and the National Portrait Gallery – due for completion in December 2008.

In 2000, Richard Johnson founded JPW together with Jeff Walker and Adrian Pilton. Over twenty years of practice, JPW has made a diverse and lasting contribution to the built environment and design culture in Sydney, across Australia and internationally.

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