Jason Kelly Johnson is a founding design partner of Future Cities Lab, an interdisciplinary design and research collaborative that was awarded the prestigious Van Alen New York Prize in 2009. FCL’s work has been awarded an Unbuilt Architecture Award from the Boston AIA and has most recently been published in Softspace: From a Representation of Form to a Simulation of Space (Sean Lally and Jessica Young, editors).
Additionally, FCL earned second prize in the 2005 Seoul Performing Arts International Competition, and in 2008 an exhibition of its design work was mounted at the Extension Gallery for Architecture in Chicago.
Johnson has previously taught at the University of Michigan (Oberdick Fellow 2008–9), the University of Virginia, and The University of Pennsylvania. Currently, a professor in the Architecture Program and an assistant professor in the Graduate Program in Design, Johnson teaches design studios and research seminars in design, urbanism, and advanced technologies.
His research seminar “Robotic Ecologies” explores responsive environments, interactive kinetic architectures, and self-organizing intelligent systems. In 2005 he became a research associate of the NSO (The Non-Linear Systems Organization), founded by Cecil Balmond and supported by the Arup Foundation and PennDesign. He has been an invited juror at Harvard, Yale, Columbia, UPenn, IIT, The University of Toronto, and The University of Michigan, among others.
Jason Kelly Johnson was born and raised in Canada. He received his master of architecture from Princeton University in 2001 and his bachelor of science from the University of Virginia. While at Princeton Johnson was awarded a Butler Traveling Fellowship, a Princeton University Academic fellowship, and the Suzanne Kolarik Underwood Thesis Prize for design research.
He was the guest editor of 306090, a journal of emergent architecture and design, distributed by the Princeton Architectural Press. He has previously worked with Polshek Partnership and Reiser+Umemoto Architects in New York.
Assistant Professor, Architecture