Johnson Fain is a fully integrated design studio in architecture, urban design & planning and interior design. Founded by two former University of California, Berkeley and Harvard Design School classmates, the office provides design services in a diverse range of project types. Scott Johnson, Design Partner and William Fain, Managing Partner and Director of Urban Design & Planning, personally oversee the work of Principals, other management personnel and studio staff.
Johnson Fain is the recipient of numerous awards for design excellence. In Northern California, Johnson Fain has been the design architect for The Capitol Area East End, Sacramento's easterly expansion of State Capitol offices, Rincon Center, the adaptive re-use and addition of new residential towers to the historic Rincon Postal Annex in San Francisco and the Opus One Winery in the Napa Valley. Johnson Fain was also the master plan architect for Mission Bay, San Francisco's new 300 acre mixed-use community and home to University California San Francisco's medical campus. In Southern California, Century City's MGM Tower, SunAmerica Center and Fox Plaza, downtown's Central High School and Amgen's Thousand Oaks campus have all been designed by Johnson Fain. Currently, the office is designing and planning projects in California, Arizona, Oklahoma, Texas, Japan and China.
The Partners and senior staff have been active in the academic communities they serve. Scott Johnson, in addition to being a professor of architecture at the University of Southern California's School of Architecture, has acted in the capacity of Director of Graduate Programs for a number of years. William Fain has lectured throughout the region and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc). Senior staff members at Johnson Fain participate regularly in various university design studios and students are frequently brought into the office to support class activities. Figure/Ground: A Design Conversation with Scott Johnson and Bill Fain was recently published as was The Big Idea: Criticality and Practice in Contemporary Architecture and Tall Building: Imagining the Skyscraper by Scott Johnson was published in 2009. In 2010, Scott Johnson released Techtonics of Place: The Architecture of Johnson Fain. And William Fain's If Cars Could Talk: Essays on Urbanism will be published by Spring 2012.
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