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Ralph Johnson of Perkins+Will

Recent Works

Thomas Fisher Rodolphe el-Khoury Daniel S. Friedman

488 pages
Oscar Riera Ojeda Publishers Llc
The work of Chicago architect Ralph Johnson explores the use of restrained modernism to enrich and clarify complex programmatic buildings with intriguing assemblies that reveal their functions and hierarchical relationships. Johnson's goal is to form, through the social art of architecture, an urban environment of buildings that are good civic neighbors as well as distinguished citizens. The projects in this book, both built and unbuilt, represent his concern for humanistic values and emphasis on process rather than preconceived product, allowing the work to respond to diverse cultures and urban conditions. Johnson is a principal and the design director at Perkins+Will. The book includes essays by Rodolphe el-Khoury, Daniel Friedman, and Thomas Fisher.
Author Bio

Thomas Fisher is a professor and dean of the College of Design at the University of Minnesota. Educated at Cornell University in architecture and Case Western Reserve University in intellectual history, he previously served as the Regional Preservation Officer at the Western Reserve Historical Society in Cleveland, the historical architect of the Connecticut State Historical Commission in Hartford, and the editorial director of Progressive Architecture magazine in Stamford, Connecticut. He has lectured or juried at over 40 different schools of architecture and 60 professional societies, and has published 35 book chapters, and over 250 articles in various magazines and journals.

Rodolphe el-Khoury is Dean of the Miami University School of Architecture. He was Canada Research Chair at the University of Toronto, Head of Architecture at California College of the Arts, and associate professor at Harvard Graduate School of Design. El-Khoury was trained as a historian and an architect; he continues to divide his time between scholarship and practice with Khoury Levit Fong. His books on eighteenth-century European architecture include The Little House, an Architectural Seduction, and See Through Ledoux; Architecture, Theatre and the Pursuit of Transparency. Books on contemporary architecture and urbanism include Monolithic Architecture, Architecture in Fashion, and States of Architecture in the Twenty-first Century: New Directions from the Shanghai Expo.Daniel S. Friedman FAIA is dean of the UW College of Built Environments (formerly the College of Architecture and Urban Planning). Prior to joining CBE, he served as director of the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois in Chicago. Friedman lectures and writes widely on professional education and ethics, public architecture, and twentieth-century theory. He holds advanced degrees in architecture from the University of Pennsylvania, where he completed his PhD on the work and writings of Louis I. Kahn.