Scott Johnson

Scott Johnson

Minneapolis, MN, US



A firm believer that interpersonal skills such as humility, affability, empathy and a strong level of emotional intelligence can take an individual just as far in life as raw intelligence. My professional experience comprises working with retail, entertainment and hospitality brands which include Target Corp, Starbucks, Luxottica, Aramark, Marriott International, NBCUniversal, Warner Brothers, DreamWorks Animation and Life Time Athletic. Most recently my career has been focused on complex and large format Real Estate Developments comprised of mixed-use, multi-family, retail and co-working environments. I have been fortunate enough over the course of my 13 year career to work with world class organizations on both the consultant and end user side of the AEC industry, allowing me to accumulate a wealth of diversified knowledge in best practices in the areas of retail standardization, entitlements, permitting processes, spatial programming, concept design as well as both scalable project and program management. I seek to strike a balance between constantly improving, streamlining and evolving processes aiming to maximize efficiency, while also maintaining room for innovation, a high level of quality control and consistency from inception through successful completion of project delivery and close out. Select experience in the areas of Real Estate Development, Architecture and Construction include:

• Project Manager of Architecture on Life Time’s Special Projects and Pre-Design Team, subsequently assisting in leading the effort of diversifying the company’s traditional portfolio of large scale health and fitness clubs, into new business models such as Life Time Work (Co-Working Spaces), Life Time Live (Apartments), Life Time Stay (Hotels), Life Time Sport (Team Sport Facilities), Life Time Swim (Aquatics Centers) and ultimately Life Time Village Concepts which include all of the aforementioned concepts under one master development.
• Serving as the Architectural Designer and Owner’s Representative for a dual Intellectual Property Package on NBCUniversal’s new Theme Park and Resort in Beijing, China. 
• Serving as the Project Architect on over 100 Target CapEx Innovation Remodels, Starbucks CapEx Remodels and Expansions as well as Luxottica optical retail locations for Target Corp.

The selected projects demonstrate a consciously diversified career and advanced level of experience in the fields of architecture, design, real estate development and construction at a comprehensive level of scales, across multiple sectors within the AEC industry.



Dominium Inc, Minneapolis, MN, US, Project Manager of Architecture

Part of In-House Architecture and Construction Team for Dominium Inc's rehab and new construction Multi-Family Developments throughout the United States.
Dominium Inc is the Nation's second largest affordable housing multi-famly developer in the United States.

Dec 2020 - current

Scotch Design, Scottsdale, AZ / Minneapolis, MN, Architectural Consultant

Design consultations and Professional Services for clients which include Architecture Firms, Municipalities, Real Estate Developers as well as Retail and Hospitality brands.

Services provided include:

- Project Management Services: Estimations, Budgeting and Quantity Takeoffs.
- Early Design Development Services: Concept Design, Programming and Spatial Planning.
- Visualization Services Including: Animations, Render Sets, Colored Elevation and Floor Plans as well as navigable 3D Environments (Virtual Reality).
- Computer generated documentation of current plans/as builts.
- Rapid prototyping of “architectural designs”.
- Creating extensively detailed 3D models utilizing 3D / BIM software.

Dec 2008 - current

Life Time Fitness, Minneapolis, MN, US, Project Manager of Architecture (Special Projects and Pre-Design)

Project Manager of Architecture on Life Time’s Special Projects and Pre-Design Team, reporting to Director of Special Projects and Senior Vice President of Architecture and Engineering within Life Time’s in house Architecture and Design Department.

• Management and aggressive deployment of unique and non prototypical developments, advancing the diversification of Life Time’s traditional portfolio of Greenfeld, ground up industry leading Health Clubs. New diversified portfolio assets include Life Time Work (Co-Working Spaces), Life Time Live (Apartments), Life Time Sport (Team Sports Facilities), Life Time Swim (Aquatics Centers), as well as Non-Greenfeld existing building and new construction Tenant Improvement Developments in high density Urban Markets.
• Assisting and acting as a liaison to Real Estate, Development, Construction and Legal teams during early stage due diligence efforts of prospective site analysis, letter of intent review, tenant and landlord work letter input and drafting, lease negotiations, construction sequencing and feasibility as well as creation of lease exhibits.
• Implementation of early design, programmatic and site planning directives from CEO, EVP of Real Estate and SVP of Architecture and Design, into schematic design packages and project narratives, which are utilized to develop secured financing and project budgets for Construction, Architecture and Development Teams after Board Approval.
• Drafting of RFP’s for Architectural, Interiors, MEP, AV/IT, Aquatics, Structural, Food Service and Specialty Vendor consultants.
• Execution of consultant contracts in compliance with project’s defined and approved budget, as well as management of Additional Service Agreements with consultants already under contract.
• Leading the development of Schematic Design and Design Development drawing packages for new or never before used Prototype Buildings, for use on prospective sites.
• Leading the development of Tenant Improvement Coordination drawing packages on new construction projects in which Life Time is either an integrated tenant into a new site master-plan or unique condition such as new ground up high rise buildings. Packages encompass precon scope in which the Landlord’s Architects, Consultants and ultimately General Contractor are responsible for integrating into base building design and construction to create suitable conditions for Life Time Construction’s tenant up-fit. Samples of information conveyed in Tenant Improvement Coordinating drawing packages include but are not limited to: Preliminary code analysis, requisite slab depressions, vertical
circulation requirements, structural loading diagrams, rooftop pool deck designs, aquatics cofer designs, and integration of specified building systems.
• Shepherding selected projects through early stage zoning approvals and design review boards, by interfacing with local jurisdictions having authority.
• Conducting Business Owner review and approval meetings during SD and DD phases to ensure architectural plans meet desired standards and criteria of stakeholders for a given Business Unit from an operational standpoint.

Select Projects as Project Manager Include:
• Phipps Plaza Buckhead, Atlanta, GA (Life Time Athletic, Life Time Work)
• One Chicago Square, Chicago, IL (Life Time Athletic, Life Time Work)
• Houston GreenStreet, Houston, TX (Life Time Athletic, Life Time Work)
• Gables Station, Coral Gables, FL (Life Time Athletic, Life Time Work, Life Time Live)
• The Colony, Charlotte South Park, NC (Life Time Athletic)
• North Gate Mall, Seattle, WA (Life Time Athletic, Life Time Work, Life Time Hotel)
• Country Club Plaza, Kansas City, MO (Life Time Athletic)
• Miami World Center, FL (Life Time Athletic)
• Shenandoah, TX (Life Time Athletic, Life Time Work, Life Time Tennis)
• Beaverton, OR (Life Time Athletic, Life Time Work, Life Time Tennis)
• Downtown at The Gardens, Palm Beach Gardens, FL (Life Time Athletic)
• The Falls, Miami, FL (Life Time Athletic)
• Nashville Yards, Nashville, TN (Life Time Athletic)
• SW Las Vegas, NV (Life Time Athletic, Life Time Living)
• Las Colinas, TX (Life Time Athletic, Life Time Work, Life Time Hotel)
• South Gilbert, AZ (Life Time Athletic)
• Southlake, TX (Life Time Athletic)
• Brea, CA (Life Time Athletic)
• Ford Site, St. Paul, MN (Life Time Athletic)
• Mazza Gallerie, Washington, DC (Life Time Athletic, Life Time Work)

Jan 2018 - Sep 2020

NBCUniversal / Universal Beijing, Orlando, FL, US, Architectural Designer (Owner's Representative)

Part of the Facilities and Project Management team on Universal’s new multi-billion dollar Theme Park and Resort development in Beijing China, scheduled to open in the year 2021.

- Responsible for inventing and implementing new and improved project management work flows as well as creative problem solving when immediate solutions are needed
- Managing design and development of architectural facades, rockwork, BOH facilities and area development
- Producing rapid concept designs and art direction for external vendors to follow
- Managing statistical analysis and general logistics that include RFI tracking and overhauling Universal’s internal QC process
- Preparing and participating in monthly updates to executive management
- Producing bi-weekly statistical analysis updates for park-wide executive dashboards
- Value engineering excessive costs to within budget parameters
- SD, DD & CD drawing and spec submission reviews
- Generating BIM model clash detection reports for all major disciplines
- Multidisciplinary coordination between team leadership and park-wide engineering staff as well as external vendors and sub- consultants
- Acting as project team’s designated international owner’s representative to interface with external vendors in North America and China. Scope of work budget: $600-$700 million US.

Jul 2016 - Dec 2017

RSP Architects, Inc., Minneapolis, MN, Architectural Intern / Project Architect

Served on RSP’s Program Innovation Team, The Innovation Remodel Team and Starbucks Team as a Project Architect. Activities included:

- Creating and improving in house business units and project templates for more e cient drafting and QC workflows
- Creating construction document sets and project manuals for Target Corp and Starbucks on over 100 retail stores
- Coordination with external structural, mechanical and electrical consultants
- Permitting, submittals and municipal inquiries nationwide
- Participating in quality assurance team reviews
- Pre-construction drawing submittals to end user for review and approval
- Management of delta’s / change orders before and during project construction
- General full life cycle project management from CD set up, though CA / Punch list closeout.

Aug 2015 - Jul 2016

Merge Architectural Group, Phoenix, AZ, US, Architectural Consultant

Brought in as an Urban Design and Architectural Design Consultant as well as a 3D modeling specialist on a Comprehensive Master Plan for The Town of Marana, AZ. Production tasks include:

- Single take fly throughout animation of Marana’s new Master Plan.
- Still frame visualizations for marketing purposes.
- Creating an overall master plan and 3D architectural model which adhered to Town design guidelines and aesthetic principles.

Jan 2015 - Jun 2015

Gould Evans Associates, Phoenix, AZ, US, Associate Designer

Served At The Associate Level As An Architectural Designer.
Responsibilities Included:

Architectural Renderings, Programming, Spatial Planning, Concept Design, Elevations, Plans, Sections, 3D Modeling, 2D Drafting Graphic Design, Logo Design Administrative Duties And Research. Selected Projects Include:
- Phoenix Municipal Baseball Stadium Addition And Renovation For Arizona State University In Phoenix, Arizona.
- South Eastern Water Reclamation Plant Locker Room Renovation And Logo Design For The City Of Mesa, Arizona.
- 3M Corporate Headquarters Cafeteria Renovation For 3M In Maplewood, Minnesota.
- Gould Evans Architects New Office Renovation For Gould Evans Architects In Phoenix, Arizona.
- Mcclelland Hall Addition And Renovation For Eller School Of Management At University Of Arizona In Tucson, Arizona.

Aug 2014 - Dec 2014


Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, US, MArch, Master of Architecture

Jun 2010 - May 2013

Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, US, Architecture (Built Environment)

Aug 2004 - Dec 2008

Areas of Specialization