Michael Johns, AIA
Architecting With Purpose
Known for his work as a public architect with the Philadelphia Housing Authority, Michael Johns has played a major role in cultivating and revitalizing the Philadelphia public housing initiative. Through the use of public advocacy, innovative design, economic impact, national and even international influence, Michael has proven that a public housing authority can provide safe, affordable, quality housing that also revitalizes urban environments and communities.
Michael has transformed neighborhoods like Mill Creek in West Philadelphia, maintaining a sense of understanding for the challenges these neighborhoods face currently. All while ensuring that affordable housing will be viable and available for the next generation of residents in need. This project was documented in the Netflix documentary “The Mill Creek Past, Present and Future,” and was featured in an article in The Philadelphia Tribune, headlined, “Architect is Key to Philly’s Evolving Landscape.”
Michael's impact has not been limited solely to the Philadelphia area. Michael has had influence over the entire spectrum of Architecture, leading change through conveying his knowledge, expertise and insight about the process of developing housing for the poorest in our society. Through speaking engagements in Government and public forums like the American Institute of Architects and National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials, Michael has spread the seeds of public advocacy in the lens of architectural influence.
Michael was President of the Philadelphia Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects. And he continues his leadership as a member of Philadelphia’s first Civic Design Review Committee. As well as through mentorship and consultantship with younger architects, colleagues, and teams of consult architects.
Michael's extensive experience with innovative design projects, affordable housing, urban revitalization, community engagement and his ability to get projects through the pipeline make him an outstanding candidate for your next project. Michael's expertise in inner city development projects is an asset for larger firms who want to work in neighborhoods where they don’t have experience.
And even though Michael has worked on massive projects, he still wants to work with the everyday property owner who may want to renovate a unit or two.
Michael is a member of the American Institute of Architects College of Fellows and the Nation Organization of Minority Architects. He is also a LEED Accredited Professional and a certified MBE and DBE.