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Darin Johnstone is Design Studio faculty at SCI-Arc and a Los Angeles-based architect and educator. He is Principal of DJA (Darin Johnstone Architects) established in 2004. DJA engages architecture as an overarching discipline accepting a wide range of design challenges spanning scales and genres. Recently DJA has designed and completed renovation projects and planning work for ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena including the Ahmanson Auditorium, the Peter and Merle Mullin Gallery, and the Bruce Heavin and Lynda Weinman Alumni Gallery. Johnstone’s work has been exhibited internationally and published in Architectural Record, Azure, Domus, Dwell, Form, Frame, Interior Design, Los Angeles Times, Surface, and Architect’s Newspaper amongst others. Johnstone has received numerous awards including multiple AIA awards for built works and grants for academic endeavors. He also led a collaboration between SCI-Arc and Habitat for Humanity resulting in the design and construction of the multi-award winning IVRV house. Johnstone received his Bachelor of Architecture from California State Polytechnic University of Pomona and a Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University.