Architecture As A Tool For Action

Location: Fort Worden Chapel
Date: January 8, 2023


Sunday, January 8, 2023
3 p.m.
Fort Worden Chapel
To keep this series accessible to all, regardless of the ability to pay, there is no set charge for the event; however, donations are always welcomed and appreciated.

Assisted Listening Devices available.

"Architecture As A Tool For Action"
Presented by Mark Johnson
Architect, Signal Architecture

Architecture must take an active step: Architecture is the result of design and engineering of a place that does something, fulfilling both practical and expressive requirements. We know that buildings contribute up to 40% of global carbon emissions. Our spaces and built places must become part of our climate future. In this talk we will hear about current initiatives, strategies, and opportunities that we can strive for as a global community.

Johnson is a licensed architect in Washington and Oregon who has delivered numerous sustainable projects to public and private clients. He brings a place-based integrative approach to his work as a design collaborator, creating places to live, celebrate, reflect and learn. His work with cultural institutions, municipalities and communities has allowed him to develop a sustainability of place with a keen eye toward architecture and landscape as a system.

Johnson attended the Savannah College of Art & Design, where he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in architecture. He founded Signal Architecture in 2013 following 18 years of professional practice. Johnson has also served the University of Washington’s College of Built Environments in several capacities, including studio instructor, associate professor, lecturer and thesis advisor. Community leadership roles include board member of the Environmental Coalition of South Seattle, vice chair of the 4Culture Public Art Advisory Committee and commissioner of the Seattle Design Commission (2018-present).

Johnson and his firm, Signal Architecture, have received numerous awards, the most recent being a 2022 American Architecture Award for the redesign of the Fort Worden Building 305 Art and Education Center.


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