Jake Johnson

Jake Johnson

Los Angeles, CA, US

View Portfolio


Jake is an international award winning engineer and architectural designer with over a decade of experience in large scale construction. His specialty is infrastructure and renewable energy projects but he has worked on multi-use towers, multifamily projects, museums, research/education, healthcare and high end residential. 

Aside from architecture and engineering, he designs furniture & lighting as well as consults with international governments for large scale green strategies for new and emerging cities. 



Net Positive, Los Angeles, Director and Executive Engineer

Desalination facilities, Infrastructure Projects, Large scale installations,
Engineering Systems, Construction fund Analysis, & budgeting

Jun 2014 - current

Morphosis Architects, Los Angeles, CA, US, Architectural Designer

Museum & School Design, Housing & Urban Planning.

Jan 2014 - Jun 2014

CAC Architects, San Francisco, CA, US, Architectural Designer

Residential, Hospitals, Data Centers, Creative Offices, Adaptive Reuse, Interior Design.

May 2012 - May 2014

MBT Architects, San Francisco, CA, US, Architectural Designer

Multifamily Housing, Healthcare, Infrastructure, Construction Management,
Schools, Passive Heating/Cooling systems, Higher Ed/Research facilities,

Jan 2005 - Jun 2011


University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK, PhD, Engineering

Post Graduate studies in emerging technologies in building systems and innovative solutions for global infrastructure issues.

Jan 2016 - Dec 2016

Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), Los Angeles, CA, US, Masters, Architecture

Intensive design education in architecture and adjacent fields.

Aug 2014 - Sep 2016

Kent State University, Kent, OH, US, BArch, Architecture and Environmental Design

Architecture & Urban Planning

Jan 2010 - Jun 2014

Kent State University Florence, CAED, Firenze, IT, BArch, Architecture

Classical Architectural education in Italy, historic preservation, hand drafting and sketching, in-depth courses in European Architecture, specifically the Renaissance period.

Jan 2013 - Jun 2013

San Jose State University, San Jose, Bachelors, Engineering

Emerging Technologies and engineering with a focus on chemical, civil and mechanical systems.

Aug 2007 - Jun 2010


Department Of Energy Engineering Prize, 1st Place

Desalination and Renewable Engineering Prize that establishes partnerships with government and corporate sponsors to build global solutions.


Cambridge Engineering Prize, 1st Place

International Competition in solving Global Issues. The desalination technology in an earlier form won the prize along with a scholarship to Cambridge University as well as corporate support from around the world.


COINS Grand Challenge, 1st Place

International competition to solve global issues in the built environment that would positively impact hundreds of thousands of people with new technology.


Stratasys International 3D Printing Award, 1st Place

International design competition to design a fully printed Pavillion or structure to showcase Stratasys' new large volume 3D Printers.


Akron Art Museum, 1st Place

Akron Art Museum Extension for the Coop Himmelblau Gallery. The prize was to design a new event space adjacent to the museum that included a sculpture gallery, event space and creative use of landscaping. The models and drawings were displayed for a year at the Museum.


Areas of Specialization