Principal, Design Director, Chicago,
Perkins + Will
Ralph E. Johnson received his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Illinois, and his Master of Architecture from Harvard University. He began his career at Stanley Tigerman’s office and then joined Perkins and Will in 1976, where he currently serves as its Global Design Director and is a member of its Board of Directors. His projects have been honored with more than 150 design awards, including eight national Honor Awards and more than 50 regional Honor Awards from the American Institute of Architects, as well as a Progressive Architecture Design Award. He has lectured at numerous universities and has been a Visiting Critic at the Illinois Institute of Technology, the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee and the University of Illinois. He is a member of the Board of Overseers, Illinois Institute of Technology, School of Architecture and the Committee on Design Architecture of the Art Institute of Chicago. He was elected as a Fellow of The American Institute of Architects¬ in 1995. His work has been published in Architecture, Architectural Record, Domus, Architecture and Urbanism, L’Architecture D’Aujourd’hui, and other international journals. Monographs on his works were published by Rizzoli in 1995, L’Arca in 1998 and Oscar Riera Ojeda Publishers in 2013. Mr. Johnson’s work has been exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Paris Biennale, the Architecture League of New York, the National Building Museum, and the Sao Paolo Biennale during his career at Perkins and Will. He participated in the “Emerging Voices” lecture series, and the Young Architects Forum, both sponsored by the Architectural League of New York and received the Plym Traveling Fellowship. He has lectured at numerous universities and was a visiting critic at the University of Illinois, the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, and the Illinois Institute of Technology. He is a member of the Board of Overseers at the Illinois Institute of Technology College of Architecture, a member of the Committee on Architecture of the Art Institute of Chicago, and has received the Award for Excellence in Design, Planning and Sustainability from the Society of Architectural Historians. In 2015 he was elected into the prestigious National Academy of Design. His recent work includes The University of Cincinnati Health Science Building, Rush Hospital in Chicago, Women and Children’s Wellness Centre in Nairobi, the Shanghai Natural History Museum in Shanghai, Tinkham Veale University Center at Case Western Reserve University, a laboratory for Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and an Athletics Center and a Biomedical Research Center for Northwestern University.