Steve Johnson

Principal Architect

Steve has a tremendous amount of experience as a project architect and planner. He has received national recognition for his architectural work around the Seattle area in landmarked buildings as well as master planning. Steve offers keen insight and a sense of humor for our clients. When not in the office, Steve is typically competing in regattas with his TP52 sailboat Mist throughout the Salish Sea. Steve's passion for sailing reaches back to the very beginning of "Johnson Architecture and Planning".

Jeff Oaklief

Principal Architect

Jeff Oaklief’s 40+ years of professional experience covers a wide architectural spectrum: port facilities to restaurants; mixed-use to multifamily. Jeff's experience with construction types range from Type V to Type 1A. His organizational and communication skills are especially suited to the design, coordination and management of complex projects. Jeff also likes to sail. You might find him out on his Farrier F9R trimaran, Ruf Duck. Jeff also enjoys the culinary arts and providing the staff with cider tastings.

Blake Williams

Senior Architect

Blake has a 15+ years solid background as an architect with a passion for design that includes human-focused environments that are restorative, make the world a better place for people, the environment and future generations. Blake manages projects across multiple built environments at JOAP, including planning and designs for medical, multifamily and large campuses. Blake enjoys testing the limits of his car out at local raceways in the off hours.

Jennifer Harris

Architectural Designer 

Jennifer is a DeafSpace consultant and has studied architectural design with an emphasis in interiors, space planning consulting and BIM modeling. Previous assignments have been for both developers and design groups in Kentucky, New York and Connecticut. Jennifer is also an accomplished artist and she enjoys creating multimedia works for galleries nationally, participating on local boards supporting the arts, all while actively discovering beautiful Northwest views with friends in her free time.

Elise Manning

HR, Accountant

Elise Manning has been JOAP's accounts receivable, accounts payable, general business and project manager for over 20 years. Elise, who has an extensive knowledge as accountant and human resources manager for JOAP, is ever keeping ahead of the firm's needs. She enjoys spending time with her family and traveling.

Jeff Anderson

Marketing Manager

Jeff is the administrator of all office-related organization, marketing, landmark assessment research as well as IT and BIM management. Jeff's background is in the built environment as well as novel interior products and materials. Jeff enjoys playing live music and creating metal sculptures.

Vivianne Kim

Architectural Designer

Vivianne brings the Hawaiian spirit to JOAP! With experience in single-family and civic design and development, she has hands-on knowledge in the field and a passion for innovative and sustainable architectural solutions. An excellent researcher and always building new things in her free time, we are grateful for Vivianne's eye for detail and good cheer.

"Johnson Architecture and Planning" was founded by Stevan Johnson in 1987. Today, Johnson Oaklief Architecture and Planning continues to build upon a legacy of exceptional urban projects throughout the Puget Sound Region and greater Northwest area.

A Cornell University alumni from New York, Steve started the firm after fourteen years in the role of executive director for the Environmental Works/Community Design Center in Seattle. Since then, Steve has been a part of many local advisory boards, including the Seattle Design Commission and he was selected as one of the team leaders for the Seattle Waterfront redevelopment design charrette–a massive planning project that included the demolition of the famous viaduct roadway.

Steve has received national recognition for his architectural work on landmark structures and for the design of affordable housing. His background in planning projects include the predevelopment analysis of major urban mixed-use projects and site assessments for public facilities, to the corporate headquarters for major biotechnology corporation, Amgen, and for the Washington State community college system.

After almost twenty years working with Steve and the JOAP team (and upon the 30th anniversary of the firm in 2017), Jeff Oaklief was named principal architect. Jeff has a tremendous amount of experience working on projects of all shapes and sizes throughout the Northwest. His understanding of the intricate phasing, scheduling, and demanding technical requirements are a great asset to our clients.

Steve, Jeff and the JOAP team continue to uphold a core philosophy of architectural practice in finding the most imaginative, appropriate and cost-effective solutions that meet the highest standards of design and amenity. Above all, the firm approaches each project as an opportunity to provide a legacy of good buildings in the community and to create noteworthy design that fully meets our client’s expectations.

Johnson Oaklief Architecture and Planning has had great success maintaining strong relationships with local officials and agencies in the region. Participation on many public commissions has provided lasting connections in working with local communities and stakeholders as well as enhancing awareness of the complex regulatory environment, which includes a significant completion of green building and LEED-certified projects.

Above, the "Ladies of Johnson Architecture" reunite past and present staff in Walla Walla, 2018. From left to right: Elise Manning, Mirta Villaran, Charlotte Puff, Laura Cooper, Yoriko Endo, Krista Appleby, Helen Maib, Heather Beckford.

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