Brian Johnsen, Visiting Professor in Practice

Brian Johnsen, AIA, is a founding partner of Johnsen Schmaling Architects, a design and research studio whose work has garnered critical acclaim for its conceptual clarity, formal discipline, astute detailing, and an unequivocal commitment to architectural innovation and environmental sustainability. In 2008, Johnsen and his partner, Sebastian Schmaling, received the Emerging Voices award from the Architectural League of New York, and Architectural Record featured the office in its 2011 Design Vanguard issue as one of ten “exceptional global architecture studios to watch.” Residential Architect selected the office for its 2012 Top Firm Award, praising the “stoic brilliance” permeating Johnsen Schmaling’s body of work, which has garnered over 70 professional design awards, including national honors from the American Institute of Architects and an Annual Design Review Award from Architect magazine. Johnsen Schmaling’s projects and texts have been included in numerous books and featured in design publications in more than 25 countries, including Architectural Review, Metropolis, Architectural Record, Architect, Dwell, Detail, Harvard Design Magazine, Azure, Plan, GreenSource, Competition, Modernism, Architectural Lighting, Frame, The New York Times and Wall Street Journal. In addition to his practice, Johnsen has lectured widely on Johnsen Schmaling’s work and is regularly invited to teach at architecture schools around the country.

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Master of Architecture, 1997
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, BSAS, 1994

Research Focus

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Selected Work
OS House
(AIA/COTE Award; National AIA Housing Design Award; Architect Annual Design Review Award)
Studio for a Composer
(Metal Architecture Award; Honor Award, AIA Wisconsin; AZ Awards Finalist)
Camouflage House
(Wood Design Award; Honor Award, AIA Wisconsin; Project of the Year, RADA).
Downtown Bar
(Record Interiors Award; Honor Award, AIA Wisconsin)
Salve Staff Canteen
(National AIA Small Project Honor Award; Merit Award, AIA Wisconsin)
The Blatz
(29th Annual Interior Award; National AIA Small Project Honor Award; Honor Award, AIA Wisconsin)
Component Housing
(Winner, Ferrous Park International Design Competition)
Ferrous House
(National AIA Housing Design Award; National AIA Small Project Honor Award;
Layton Pavilion
(National AIA Small Project Honor Award; Honor Award, AIA Wisconsin)

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