Landscape/Civil People

Carol R. Johnson Dies at 91

Carol R. Johnson

Boothbay Harbor, ME – Carol R. Johnson, founder of what became one of the largest woman-owned landscape architecture practices in the United States, died on Dec. 11 at the age of 91.

She began her career with small residential commissions, then public housing projects and college campuses, followed by civic and corporate work in the U.S. and abroad.

When she founded her Cambridge, Mass.-based firm in 1959, there were few women landscape architects working on urban design and planning issues.

Along with her work as a landscape architect, Johnson also made her mark as an educator at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design (GSD) and as a role model for women in the profession.

Johnson based her practice upon the traditional values of dedicated public service, an unrelenting insistence upon quality in design and construction, and educating future practitioners about the social value of good design.

Submitted by the Boston Society of Landscape Architects, courtesy of the Cultural Landscape Foundation.