Greg Johnson


Senior Instructor

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205C – Lasserre





MSc (A), University of Montreal
BArch, University of Montreal
BASc, University of British Columbia


With a background in architecture and engineering, Greg has integrated the two disciplines throughout his 30-year architectural practice. He was part of early passive solar design and energy conservation initiatives, and recently larger issues of sustainability and high-performance buildings.

Greg has always had a strong interest in teaching, initially through the Architectural Institute of BC as well as a number of local educational institutions. Since his full-time appointment at UBC in 2009, he has taught courses at SALA and in the Department of Civil Engineering. His courses focus primarily on the application of technology to design, a consideration he considers essential to a successful design practice and more relevant than ever in today’s environment as the importance of high performance and sustainability is recognized at all levels.

Greg has played a key role in establishing an annual design-build course for students to obtain practical construction experience, and is active in coordinating and promoting the architectural co-op program to place students in work situations.

In collaboration with the Museum of Vancouver, Greg co-curated the first retrospective exhibition on the work of local architect Daniel Evan White in 2013/14.

Greg maintains an involvement in practice as a partner in the firm Principle Architecture, whose work focuses primarily on institutional projects throughout British Columbia, much of it with School Districts, non-profit organizations, and First Nation communities.