Mark Johnson, principal of Mark Johnson and Associates, graduated from Rice University, Houston, Texas, where he received his Bachelor of Architecture degree in 1988. Apprenticing under Robert A.M. Stern Architects in New York, Mark developed a strong appreciation and skill for one-of-a-kind residential architecture detailing, with equal emphasis on exterior as well as interior architecture. Following his apprenticeship, field work on a 72,000 square foot, multi-structure estate provided him with a deeper understanding of the construction process and reinforced the inevitable marriage of great architecture with great interior design.
Establishing his firm in suburban Detroit in 1995, Mark formed a residential and commercial design firm integrating both disciplines of architecture and interior design. He leads a team of architects and designers praised for their variety of style, rigorously detailed documentation, and high level of customer service.
Residential projects combine old world craftsmanship with a comprehensive attention to modern conveniences. They range in style from a converted urban industrial building into an open-plan, courtyard home displaying a large collection of modern art and artifacts, to an English Cotswold-style estate set in a seven acre garden. The firm’s portfolio of fine, inheritable residences continues to grow with examples throughout Michigan, Illinois, New York and Florida.
Commercial projects focus primarily on one-off interior architecture and furnishings with the recent completion of the bar and restaurants for a boutique hotel as well as executive suites for two Fortune 100 Companies.
Mark sits on the board of the Woodward Avenue Action Association, a non-profit organization dedicated to both preservation and redevelopment of the nation’s only urban “All American Road”, Woodward Avenue. This twenty-seven mile artery serves as the test track for the progress, commerce and culture of the automobile. The firm is very happily involved with the addition of light rail to Woodward Avenue and has been consulting with communities along Woodward regarding the redevelopment of a DDA master plan and the creation of a model community based on urban farming in the postindustrial city.