Chris Johnson joined MERGE architects in April 2016. He earned his M.Arch from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, where his graduate thesis “Standard Deviations” examined building code and its relationship to changing typologies of health and recreational spaces. At the GSD he received the Penny White Traveling Grant for the proposal “Recreational Squatting : Skate Culture & the appropriation of Infrastructural Landscapes”. Prior to Harvard, Chris earned his BS in Architecture with Distinction from the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban planning.
Before coming to Merge Chris held positions at Hashim Sarkis Studio, ARO, PLY Architecture and Asymptote Architects. He has also worked on a series of material installations and small residential spaces as a Project Manager at Ibanez Kim Architects.
Throughout his career, Chris has explored digital fabrication, material properties, complex geometry, and experimental construction techniques. At the GSD, he worked as a Fabrication Lab Teaching Assistant, where he specialized in rapid prototyping and advanced modeling techniques.