The Architecture Ensemble

Steven Johnson BA/ DipArch RIBA

Steven Johnson was born in 1958 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He attended Kansas State University to study architecture between 1978 and 1983 and followed this with a short period of working in Kansas City. In 1986 he moved to London to take a Masters in Architecture at the Architectural Association, and he has lived and worked in London ever since.

Having worked for several London firms, Steven practiced as a consultant with Edward Cullinan Architects, serving as the project architect on the award winning Downland Gridshell at the Weald & Downland Open Air Museum in West Sussex. The mix of new technology and timber processes in the Downland Gridshell required pushing timberbuild and architecture in new and innovative directions.

Upon completion of the Downland Gridshell, Steven established The Architecture Ensemble in 2002. Its main emphasis is to explore possibilities in timber architecture using both traditional methods and cutting edge technological advances while remaining acutely sensitive to ecological issues.

Steven was a co-founder of the Timberbuild Network based at Flimwell, East Sussex. The Network was established to help rebuild links between timber growers, saw millers, carpenters, builders, and designers in order to re-ignite the interest in and the use of local timber within the South East of England.