President, Civitas, Inc.
Mark Johnson is a leading landscape architect, designer of public space and strategist for the re-generation of core cities. He is currently leading the re-generation planning for the decayed Northside of downtown St. Louis, the design of the North Embarcadero in San Diego and a Master Plan for the waterfront on the Harlem River in the Inwood neighborhood of Manhattan.
Mark is a core member of the Working Group for Sustainable Cities at Harvard, an arm of the Harvard Center for the Environment; lecturer with the Institute of Design and Health, Stockholm; an a regular lecturer and participant in urban vision and community-building strategies with the Urban Land Institute and several Universities.
Mr. Johnson has led many complex projects that have had a transformative impact on cities: three riverfront parks in Denver; a master plan for Balboa Park in San Diego; a waterfront plan for Memphis; and a corridor plan to connect historic neighborhoods along Brooklyn’s Atlantic Avenue. He recently completed the Los Angeles River Revitalization Master Plan, a project that immediately gained national recognition for its economic, social and environmental impact to revive economic, environmental and social health over the length of this 32 mile, forgotten resource.
Mr. Johnson has been deeply involved in the redevelopment of the Stapleton International Airport in Denver continuously since 1988 and is a primary author of the highly acclaimed Stapleton Redevelopment Plan. His 22 years of experience on the project includes participation in negotiating the airport planning, deal structure, governance, development process, development standards and zoning.
Mark Johnson is a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects. He holds a Masters in Landscape Architecture/Urban Design from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and has received numerous awards from the ASLA, AIA, APA, ULI, Waterfront Center and recently the prestigious Distinguished Service Award from the Regents of the University of Colorado.