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Ralph Johnson FAIA is Design Director at Perkins and Will, a firm headquartered in Chicago with 23 offices in the United States and abroad, including four in Canada, and one each in London, Shanghai, Dubai and Brazil. After graduating from the University of Illinois with a B.Arch, he won or gained recognition in several design competitions, including a winning design in the Biscayne West New Town Competition in Miami, Florida, and as one of ten finalists in the 1977 International Pahlavi National Library Competition in Iran.
His projects have included schools and university facilities, museums, government administrative centers, high-rise commercial structures and healthcare facilities. One of his most impressive winning designs was the Los Angeles United States Federal Courthouse competition (COMPETITIONS, Vol 11/3), administered as part of the GSA's Design Excellence program in 2001. Most recently Perkins and Will won first place in Northwestern University's Medical Research Facility Competition in Chicago.
He as taught and served on the boards of various university architecture programs, most notably at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Perkins and Will's commitment to competitions has been on view at their annual design meetings, where younger members from the firms various offices can compete in an internal ideas competitions for a specific location.