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Ben believes good landscape design is an exercise in restraint—an understanding of both natural and human scale, and comfortable aesthetics inspired by nature.

Ben Johnson, PLA, ASLA, CLARB

Ben Johnson is a landscape architect who enjoys working with public agencies in search of meaningful design solutions that simultaneously benefit the community and environment.

As a leader in parks and recreational planning and design, Ben often works on projects that have limited budgets and high expectations from their local communities. Ben believes good landscape design is an exercise in restraint—an understanding of both natural and human scale, and comfortable aesthetics inspired by nature.

With twenty years of experience leading multidisciplinary teams to design complex park projects, Ben has worked on many regionally recognized projects that have become landmarks such as Westmoreland Nature-based Play Area, Gateway Green, Cape Horn Overlook, and Portland’s South Waterfront Greenway.

Ben currently serves on the Milwaukie Parks and Recreation Advisory Board where he uses his park design experience in to help advocate for bettering his community.

It’s hard to call it work when you are designing places for people to play, but when he isn’t “playing at work,” Ben enjoys going over the river and through the woods to connect with the wonderfully diverse landscapes of the PNW.

Education

Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Registrations

Professional Landscape Architect in Oregon (LA587)
Member of the America Society of Landscape Architects
CLARB