Associate Professor Julie Johnson teaches in the BLA and MLA Programs, focusing on the design, use and participatory design processes of civic landscapes, including children’s outdoor learning environments, urban parks, and neighborhoods. She views childhood experiences as key to fostering a more ecologically literate society and more sustainable future. Her research and teaching explore how design processes can engage children in the shaping and stewarding of innovative and enriching places. Similarly, she is interested in how the design of neighborhoods and urban open space can support community life and ecological processes, where transit and mixed uses enable greater choice and walkability. She is co-author of Greening Cities, Growing Communities: Learning from Urban Community Gardens in Seattle (2009). She has traveled around the world and lived in different parts of the US, but loves calling Seattle (and Gould Hall) home.
Julie is an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Architecture and a faculty member of the College’s Urban Design Certificate Program. She has a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Utah State University and a Master of City Planning from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Julie is a registered Landscape Architect in Washington. Her professional experience includes urban and landscape design in firms, a public agency, and a university-based center.