Inside SCI-Arc


03.05.08 | W.M. Keck Lecture Hall @ 7pm
Mark Johnson: Re-Building Civitas: the Re-Generation of Place in Urban Design

President, Civitas, Inc., Denver

Mark W. Johnson, FASLA, is recognized as a visionary and a powerful influence in effecting change in urban conditions through design that integrates landscape and urbanism. He currently leads the urban design efforts for the rehabilitation of the Los Angeles River into a green amenity and a community asset. The design of the 30-acre Museum Park along Miami’s Biscayne Bay, the planning and design of a new neighborhood in the heart of Charlotte, NC, and the transformation of a derelict Kansas City property into a new residential destination with a new identity-building waterfront park.

A Founding Principal and the President of Civitas Inc., Johnson’s influence is evident in his designs for transformative urban projects that demand resolutions of complex economic, legal, political and public issues for success: three riverfront parks in Denver’s Central Platte Valley as catalysts for booming downtown development; the largest redevelopment project in the country, Stapleton International Airport in Denver, to which he has contributed since 1989 in various counsel and design projects, including designing a parks and open space master plan for this 4700 acre site; a land use and transportation vision plan for Balboa Park in San Diego which has reclaimed 55 acres of parkland; a waterfront redevelopment master plan for Memphis, Tennessee, to reconnect the city with the Mississippi River; and a 1.5 mile corridor plan to connect established, historic neighborhoods for Brooklyn’s busiest artery, Atlantic Avenue, in New York.