School of Architecture College of Design

Jay M. Johnson, AIA, LEED AP, Adjunct Assistant Professor

Jay M. Johnson, AIA, LEED AP

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Telephone: 952-938-1588
Office: The Weidt Group
5800 Baker Road
Minnetonka, MN 55345



Jay Johnson is a project manager for The Weidt Group, a national consulting organization specializing in building energy, daylighting, and sustainability. [] Before joining the firm in 1987, he was a project architect and energy specialist on multi-family residential and commercial projects with a Minneapolis architecture firm, and for a period he specialized in site analysis and property development concepts as an independent consultant.

Jay was a key player in Weidt Group research on energy and design for the School of Architecture at the University of Minnesota from 1987-1991.  This research evolved into the development of an effective methodology for Energy Design Assistance to architect/engineer/owner teams which was tested in a pilot program on eight new U of M buildings in the early ‘90’s.  Jay then led the team that refined the methodology into a key conservation program at Northern States Power (now Xcel Energy-) a program that The Weidt Group continues to implement today.

He managed this program from 1993 to 2007, overseeing consulting and analysis for over 450 new buildings - including schools, government service centers, libraries, detention facilities, lodging facilities, office buildings and another eleven U of M buildings - ranging from 20 to 70% energy savings.  He has also provided energy, daylighting, and sustainability consulting for the Environmental Living and Learning Center at Northland College (WI) along with high performance buildings at the USPFO at Camp Douglas (WI) the DNR regional headquarters in Spooner (WI) Hartley Nature Center (MN) and Central College (IA) and the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, among others.  The new Science Center at St. Olaf College (MN) is on track for a platinum LEED rating, based, among other strategies, on energy conservation savings of 70% plus a significant campus wind power contribution.


-Bachelor of Architecture, University of Minnesota (1971)

-Bachelor of Arts, St. Olaf College (1967)

Professional Affiliations

-Registered Architect, State of Minnesota

-Member, American Institute of Architects (AIA)

-LEED Accredited Professional, U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)

Teaching Area

-Arch 8563: Energy and Indoor Environmental Quality in Sustainable Design, School of Architecture, University of Minnesota, Spring 2009


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