Mark Johnson is a recognized thought leader in the regeneration of inner city, brownfield and industrial areas. Mark is known for the design of complex urban redevelopment projects, each involving green infrastructure as a catalyst to economic, environmental and social change. He is currently working with the New York Restoration Project and the Columbia University School of Public Health Research on an evidence-based plan for greening the South Bronx.
Mark is also a prominent designer of public space, recently completing the North Embarcadero in downtown San Diego; St. Patrick's Island in Calgary; Plaza One in Greenville, SC; and Riverfront Park in Tampa, He has received many awards for planning, design and service. In 2016 Curbed magazine named his Larimer Square project as "One of the 11 best streets in America" and the Canadian institute of Planners named his St. Patrick's Island project "Greatest Public Space 2016" in Canada.
Mark is a graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Design and a frequent lecturer on issues of design, urban health, planning for social equity, and the role that design can play in meeting rising urban challenges. He is a Board Member of the Van Alen Institute in New York and Co-Chair of the Van Alen Climate Council.