Barry Johns

Curriculum Vitae

Barry Johns


Acadia University, Diploma Architecture / Engineering l968
Technical University of Nova Scotia (TUNS) – now Dalhousie, Bachelor of Architecture l972
Alberta Association of Architects
Architectural Institute of British Columbia
Fellow, Royal Architectural Institute of Canada
Royal Canadian Academy of Arts
(Honorary) Fellow, American Institute of Architects
LEED® Accredited Professional

Barry Johns has maintained a studio in Edmonton, Alberta since 1981, after a 6 year tenure with Arthur Erickson in Vancouver – serving either as an independent practice, or design consultant to other architectural firms and private clients. A succession plan yielded the inauguration of Stantec Architecture Ltd. in 1998 through an amalgamation of Barry Johns Architects and two other practices to create the architectural division of a multi-disciplinary consultancy. After re-entering private practice as a sole practitioner  in late 2000, including a very successful collaboration with Gibbs Gage Architects in Calgary, Alberta; the firm merged with Group 2 Architecture Engineering in 2007. Barry Johns (Architecture) Limited remains proudly associated with Group 2 in Edmonton, Red Deer and Calgary, with Barry Johns as Executive Director of Design, mentoring the younger generation of the firm, while maintaining an active role on selected projects.

A registered professional Architect since l974, Barry Johns earned and sustains an international reputation as a uniquely innovative design professional – with projects including schools, offices, community facilities, colleges, university and recreational buildings – each with a fresh approach and commitment to excellence; treading lightly on the planet through a portfolio of environmentally driven sustainable design.

The practice routinely backs its design expertise with a technical base built upon extensive construction experience and forensics research into the building sciences. Since its inception, the firm has received over 65 design awards from around the world including the Governor General’s Award and an Olympic Gold Medal for the Arts, with its work published and exhibited throughout North America, Britain, Japan and China.

As a former Senior Associate with a private practice in Edmonton, Barry Johns was responsible for the design of four major office buildings in the City of Edmonton and an international award winning Senior High School in Sherwood Park. From l974 – 79, he was a Project Architect for Arthur Erickson Architects in Vancouver, British Columbia, a team member in charge of design and production of the public amenity areas of Robson Square, a downtown development widely known as a North American landmark in architecture and urban design.

Barry Johns has taught at Dalhousie University, the University of British Columbia, the University of Montreal, McGill University, the University of Calgary, University of Lethbridge and Clemson University and has lectured widely on the work of his firm across Canada and the United States. He has also served on many design award juries across the country including the Canada Council and the Prix de Rome.

Barry is a co-founder of the former Innovative Practice Group in Architecture (IPGA) at the Faculty of Environmental Design, University of Calgary. This Group, located in Edmonton, provided satellite studios for students in the Graduate School of Architecture, delivering the Professional Practice stream of the curriculum in ‘block weeks’ each semester, through a series of teaching offices. He is Adjunct Associate Professor of Architecture and is a member of the Faculty at the School, specializing in sustainable design.

Active in public life, Barry Johns served two terms on Council of the Alberta Association of Architects and the Downtown Business Association in Edmonton. He co-founded and completed a two year mandate as the Chairman of the Edmonton Urban Design Review Panel, a five year term on the Board of Operation Friendship, an inner city social services agency and a three year term on the Board of Directors of the EFFORT Society in Edmonton, a non – profit society dedicated to providing financial assistance to arts, sciences, and health organizations in Edmonton. He serves the United Way in its fund raising campaigns and now Rows for Kids in summer. He was a previous President of the Canadian Architectural Certification Board (CACB) in Ottawa after serving on its Board for 7 years and a long term Board member / previous President of the Fort Edmonton Historical Foundation. He has recently completed a six month term as the Interim Director of Practice of the Alberta Association of Architects and is currently working with Athabasca University and the RAIC (Architecture Canada) as a member of the Interim Program Advisory Council for the new RAIC Centre of Architecture at Athabasca University. This new distance education degree curriculum in Architecture is predicated on the idea of the learning office as an alternate path to architectural registration and licensure.

Together with several of his colleagues, Barry Johns is working on a book project to chronicle the culture of the Arthur Erickson office through personal experiences, during the most productive period in the 1970’s with one of Canada’s most celebrated architects.

Barry Johns is a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, a Member of the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts and an Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. TUNS Press published a monograph on his firm in July 2000.


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