History of the firm.
"Johnson Architecture & Planning" was founded by Stevan Johnson in 1987. Today, now Johnson Oaklief Architecture & Planning, Steve Johnson and team continue to build a legacy of exceptional projects throughout the Puget Sound Region and greater Northwest.
JOA&P began with and continues to focus the firm's architectural practice on urban design and development, the design and planning of mixed-use and mixed-income residential buildings, high technology, educational, medical clinics, institutional and community facilities.
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. Since then, Steve has been a part of many local advisory boards, including the Seattle Design Commission and was selected as one of the team leaders for the Seattle waterfront design charrette. Steve has direct experience as a project architect and planner on an exceptional variety of public and privately developed projects. He has received national recognition for his architectural work on landmark structures and for the design of affordable housing. Steve's background in planning projects include predevelopment analysis of major urban mixed-use projects and site assessments for public facilities to the corporate headquarters for Amgen Corporation and for the Washington State community college system.
After almost twenty years working with Steve and the JOA&P team (and upon the 30th anniversary of the firm in 2017), Jeff Oaklief was named principal. Jeff has a tremendous amount of experience working 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 clients.
Steve, Jeff and the JOA&P 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.
The firm 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.