Jeff Johnson

  1. Tell me an interesting fact about yourself.
    • I ran myself over with a full-size van when I was a small child. That is a fact.
  1. Why did you go into your profession?
    • Edward Garza, a neighborhood friend of mine, said that my childhood home wasn’t designed properly because the work triangle in the kitchen was too big. Being prideful of the fact that my father renovated our kitchen on his own, I told him that he didn’t know what he was talking about. I entered the 9th grade with the goal of proving Eddie wrong. According to the drafting books, he was correct; however, architecture is more than just simply rotating your pencil while drawing and learning a couple of rules out of a book…right?
  1. What is your greatest strength?
    • I’d have to say grip followed by persistence and stamina to push beyond the obvious solutions to create something extraordinary.
  1. What is your greatest personal achievement (not related to work)
    • My greatest personal achievement has yet to be accomplished. As I’ve contemplated this question, I’m careful not to suggest that my greatest achievement to date is all I must give. I am proud of several things, however. I’m proud of my family, my drive to solve problems, my desire to help or coach others, my quest to be empathetic and be stubborn all at the same time, and many others. I am also somewhat proud to have persevered on how to use a three-axis CNC router machine to engrave on a tapering cylindrical object.
  1. What is your greatest professional achievement? (related to IDS)
    • Becoming an architect is likely my greatest professional achievement. While the apparent role of an architect is easy to understand, the less apparent roles have allowed me to succeed in our profession and have given me an opportunity to work with amazing clients. Some of my clients view me as a project psychiatrist, optometrist, and/or cheerleader.
  1. What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
    • I enjoy staying busy when I’m not at work, and most people would think our lives are borderline chaotic. My time is often taken up by opportunities to develop professional skills in a more non-traditional way. Leadership development, business acumen, design exploration, and investment strategies are satisfied and honed with coaching baseball, creating crafts, renting properties, and exploring concepts of generational wealth.
  1. What motivates you?
    • I’m mostly motivated and inspired by amazing designers that take simple thoughts or words and create beautiful objects. My most rewarding experiences are when clients tell us they couldn’t have ever imagined their project to be so amazing.
  1. What is your #1 professional goal?
    • I would like to hopefully move the needle of our profession by inspiring others to seek out meaningful design engagements to generate thoughtful architecture that is responsive to the current and future needs of society.

“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”  – Wayne Gretsky