Scott Johnson, FAIA

Scott Johnson, FAIA

Design Partner

One of the most highly regarded architects based in California, Scott Johnson is also one of the few architects who is well-known to the general public and the design profession alike.  A prolific designer of residential, commercial and institutional building projects, a number of his best known designs have been widely published and have become local landmarks, including three high rise buildings in Century City, California, the Opus One and Byron Wineries in the Napa Valley and Santa Barbara County, respectively, Rincon Center in San Francisco, and the Capitol Area East End Complex in Sacramento.

Born in California and educated at Stanford University, the University of California at Berkeley (AB in Architecture) and the Harvard Graduate School of Design (Master in Architecture), Johnson worked variously at The Architects Collaborative in Cambridge, Mass, the Los Angeles and San Francisco offices of Skidmore Owings Merrill and the office of Philip Johnson and John Burgee in New York City.  For the latter firm, he served as Design Associate for some of Johnson Burgee’s most notable projects, including the Dade County Cultural Center, Houston’s Republic Bank Center, 33 Maiden Lane, 885 Third Avenue in New York City, and the Times Square Renewal project.  During his tenure there, Scott Johnson also served as an assistant to Arthur Drexler in curating the ‘Three Skyscrapers’ exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York (1981).  

Joining Pereira Associates in Los Angeles in 1983 as Principal and Design Director, he and William Fain acquired the firm now known as Johnson Fain in 1987. In addition to designing nearly 100 built projects in the past 20 years, Johnson has also taught and lectured at various universities.  He served as Director of the Master of Architecture Programs at the University of Southern California’s School of Architecture from 2004 through 2007.  He is the author of the recent The Big Idea: Criticality and Practice in Contemporary Architecture, Tall Building: Imagining the Skyscraper, as well as Tectonics of Place: The Architecture of Johnson Fain.

As Design Partner, Mr. Johnson is responsible for the direction and quality of the firm’s architectural and interior design projects.


  • Master of Architecture, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 1975
  • Bachelor of Architecture, University of California, Berkeley, 1972
  • Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA, 1970

Professional Highlights

  • College of Fellows, American Institute of Architects
  • Distinguished Alumni, University of California Berkeley, College of Design, 2016
  • Citizen of the Year, Century City Chamber of Commerce, 2016
  • AIA / Los Angeles Gold Medal, 2008
  • Director of the Masters of Architecture Program, Adjunct Professor of Architecture, USC School of Architecture
  • Nancy M. and Edward D. Fox Urban Design Critic, USC School of Architecture
  • Albert C. Martin Visiting Chair in Architecture, USC School of Architecture
  • Professional Advisory Board, Harvard Graduate School of Design
  • Friedman Associate Professor, UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design, Department of Architecture
  • Instructor, UCLA Graduate School of Architecture and Urban Planning
  • Lecturer, SCI-Arc; New School of Architecture San Diego and UCLA Extension
  • Executive Committee, USC School of Architecture Guild Board
  • Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce Construction Industry Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Founder, Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles
  • Director, Collage Dance Theatre Board
  • Chair, American Institute of Architects Los Angeles Chapter Design Awards
  • Member, Museum of Architecture Committee, The Chicago Athenaeum
  • Member, National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • Member, UCLA’s Dean Council, UCLA Graduate School of Architecture and Urban Planning
  • Member, The Restoration Associates of the Freeman House, Hollywood, California
  • Member, Executive Committee, Urban Land Institute
  • Member, Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Planning
  • Board Member, Los Angeles Craft and Folk Art Museum
  • Cabinet Member, Real Estate/Construction Committee, Music Center Unified Fund
  • Member, Drawings Committee, Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles