School of Architecture College of Design

Andrea Johnson, Assistant Professor

Andrea Johnson

Assistant Professor

Principal, Andrea J. Johnson Architect




Andrea Johnson is an architect and educator, whose work focuses on relationships of text and visual arts with spatial practices.  She earned her MArch from Columbia University and B.A. from Stanford University in Urban Studies and Poetry.  


She has worked at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and FiedlerMarciano in New York, and is currently developing her private practice in New York and Minnesota for both private and public clients, with projects ranging from custom fabrications to full building construction, from art installations to creative placemaking at the scale of the city. 


At the University of Minnesota, Andrea teaches in the undergraduate and graduate architecture programs, directs the Digital Assistant and Architecture as Catalyst programs, and advises research projects and mentors students toward gaining licensure within the Masters of Science in Research Practices program.  Her own research currently includes documenting artist studios, connections between architecture and poetry, and writing as design pedagogy.  Before coming to UMN, Andrea was an adjunct instructor at CUNY where she taught History of New York City Architecture and design studios focusing on bolstering individual and community health. She is also a guest lecturer and critic for digital fabrication courses at Columbia University GSAPP.


Andrea’s awards include an Imagine Fund Grant for her project on Poetic Facades, Grant-In-Aid funding for research on artist studios, the Honor Award for Excellence in Design from Columbia University, a William Kinne Fellow Traveling Prize to research glass technologies in Europe, a General Scholar fellowship at Tongji University in Shanghai, a grant from Stanford University to study a 19th century train shed in Florence, and Phi Beta Kappa.


ARCH 2281 Design Fundamentals II

ARCH 3281 Undergraduate Architecture Studio I

ARCH 5110 Architecture as Catalyst

ARCH 5350 Graduate Architectural Design V

ARCH 5450 Topics in Architectural Theory

ARCH 5630 Practicum: Advanced Issues in Practice

ARCH 8299 Master’s Final Project Advisor

MS-RP Research Project Advisor

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