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Middleton Architect Josh Johnson Receives Profession's Top Honor: Josh O. Johnson, AIA
2013 AIA Wisconsin "Golden Award"

Madison (April 19, 2013) — Architect Josh O. Johnson, AIA, Middleton, has been selected to receive the 2013 “Golden Award” from AIA Wisconsin, the state society of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). The Golden Award is the highest honor the state architects’ society can bestow upon a member architect.

Johnson is being recognized for his distinguished volunteer leadership that began nearly 20 years ago and continues today with his ongoing strategies to engage and inform the public about the power of architecture and the contributions of architects working to build stronger communities.  While spearheading innovative educational programs, Johnson also has taken on many important leadership roles for AIA Wisconsin. Through his incredible energy and dedicated service, Johnson has made the enjoyment of architecture more accessible to Wisconsin citizens and demonstrated a true commitment to advancing the architectural profession.

The Golden Award will be formally presented to Johnson during a special awards program on May 8 at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center in Madison. The event is being held in conjunction with the 2013 AIA Wisconsin Convention & Expo. The first Golden Award was conferred by the Wisconsin Society of Architects in 1986. Johnson is the twenty-sixth Wisconsin architect to receive the award.

“Josh Johnson is being honored for his exceptional contributions as an effective advocate for increasing the public’s awareness about the value of good design and the power of architecture to enhance how we live, work and play,” remarked Eau Claire architect and AIA Wisconsin President David Peterson, AIA, in announcing the selection. “Whether it’s about introducing the basic elements of architecture through the ‘Architects in Schools’ program, coordinating a statewide ‘Design Your Own School’ competition for high school teams or organizing the ‘Wright Design Lecture’ series at Monona Terrace, the 2013 Golden Award recognizes Josh’s inspiring service and remarkable leadership on behalf of his fellow AIA Wisconsin members to strengthen the profession of architecture and improve our communities by design.”

Johnson is a project architect with Architectural Design Consultants Inc., with offices in Lake Delton and Verona.  A graduate of Texas A & M University with a Bachelor of Environmental Design, Johnson also attended Pratt Institute where he received a BS in Architecture. He has been a member of the American Institute of Architects since 1992.

When he moved to Madison with his family in 1999, Johnson lost no time becoming involved with AIA Wisconsin. He was elected as an officer of AIA Southwest Wisconsin in 2001, serving as President of the local AIA chapter in 2003. Johnson was appointed to the AIA Wisconsin Executive Committee in 2007 and served as the 2009 President of the state society. A roll-up-your-sleeves and get-the-job-done volunteer by nature, Johnson remains a driving force behind many AIA Wisconsin initiatives, including the annual state convention, design awards program, Wisconsin Architect magazine, sustainable architecture, classroom presentations and public lecture series.

Johnson has an insatiable desire to enlighten the young and old alike about the power of architecture and architects to influence their daily lives. Among his most successful and ongoing initiatives, the “Wright Design Series” at the Monona Terrace not only offers a continuing education opportunity for architects, it also broadens public awareness and appreciation of architectural design.  This free public design lecture program features renowned architects, architectural educators and allied design professionals who discuss the history, culture and theory of art, design and architecture based on their own unique experiences. Now in its ninth season, the lecture series has become a popular public forum, with non-architects in the audience greatly outnumbering architects.

Taking architecture to Wisconsin’s elementary classrooms has been another priority for Johnson. He first served as a mentor for the “Terrace Town” program in 2003.  This outreach event begins in classrooms around Dane County where architects and other design and planning professionals introduce the basics of architectural design and urban planning. It concludes with a display of student projects that fills the exhibit hall at Monona Terrace. Terrace Town has grown to include 15 schools, 77 teachers and over 1,400 students.

“Receiving this recognition is one of the most meaningful events in my life,” remarked Johnson when the award was announced. “AIA Wisconsin has always been filled with great friends who consistently demonstrate a passion for architecture and know that our profession represents the greatest art form of all. I am privileged to share this honor with all who volunteer and contribute their time to bring architecture to the forefront of Wisconsin life.”

With over 1,300 members, AIA Wisconsin is the statewide professional society representing architects, architectural interns, students and allied design and construction industry leaders. AIA members include architects in private practice, business, industry, government and education. Founded in 1911, AIA Wisconsin is celebrating over 100 years of leadership through architectural design and advocacy. 

 

Media Contacts

William Babcock, Hon. AIA, (608) 257-8477

Josh O. Johnson, AIA (608) 254-6181

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