J. Johnston

J. Johnston

Berkeley, CA, US




3D printlife, freelance product designer

Duties included designing products and testing their printability using an Afinia 3d rapid prototyper with ABS and PLA plastic. This required that I create reliable and attractive digital models while also dealing with the printer’s hardware and software interface.

May 2013 - Jul 2014

RISD Rapid Prototyping Lab, Providence, RI, US, Rapid Prototyping/CNC monitor

Duties included assisting students in preparing and fixing their 3-dimensional designs to be built in the ABS plastic prototyping machine and CNC 2BOT machine. Proficiency in 3D modeling programs and fabrication processes necessary.

Sep 2011 - May 2014

Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Providence, RI, US, structural analysis teaching assistant

Conducted teaching sessions on the fundamental principles of structural analysis. Concepts included calculating moments, equilibrium of rigid bodies, cables/beam reactions, compression/tension systems, pinned frames and machines, multi-force/arch bodies, and retaining walls.

Sep 2013 - Dec 2013

Electroland, Los Angeles, CA, US, Fabrication Intern

Duties included constructing a digitally fabricated architectural installation for the Direct TV corporate
building.This required that I have a tactile familiarity with fabrication methodologies in metal, wood, and composite plastics accompanying fundamental construction/structural principles.

Jun 2013 - Sep 2013

Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), student fabricator in 'Blossom' Design-Build

Facilitated the design and construction of the community garden structures. Primary duty was working with a small team to design and complete the facade trellis system in which users would grow a variety of vegetables and fruits annually.

Feb 2011 - May 2011

D.B. Lewis Architecture Firm, Miami, FL, US, Internship

Duties included creating volumetric massing models from existing drawings for conceptual high-rise and neighborhood residential buildings. Responsibilities also included researching of appropriate materials for developing projects.

Jan 2008 - May 2008

Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company, Miami, FL, US, internship

Completed my own independent study, which required detail oriented modeling and sketching ideas for existing structures in the firm’s portfolio to further understand their implemented typologies, design solutions and overall urban philosophy.

Sep 2007 - Jan 2008


Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Providence, RI, US, BArch, Architecture

Sep 2009 - Jun 2014

Design and Architecture Senior High, Miami, FL, US, High School, Architecture

Sep 2004 - May 2008


Steven Lerner Scholarship, Scholarship

Based on Academic Excellence


Independent Study Travel Grant, Grant


RISD Scholarship, Scholarship

2009-2013 scholarship based on Merit and Academic Excellence


Independent Study Travel Grant, Grant


Prescott O. Clarke Scholarship, Scholarship

Based on Academic Excellence


Scholastics Gold Finalist, 1st Place


Areas of Specialization