I am Thomas Alexander Johnston, a Master of Architecture candidate at the University of Texas at Austin in the M. Arch I Program. I was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, received my undergraduate degree in Environmental Design from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and spent the two years prior to graduate study working in Seattle, Washington and San Antonio, Texas. I love gable roofs, steel bicycles, and the color white. My design work is very much a product of my my cumulative experiences and interests.
I have a deep commitment to place-based architecture, and believe that it must be born of the character of its place. It should not be a sentimental representation of history or a formal regurgitation of the vernacular, rather, a careful examination of the foundations of its context. Understanding the forces that influence vernacular building forms and local customs and attitudes will produce an architecture that is at once respectful, relevant, and effective.
My interest in the necessary physical manifestation of architecture led me to Auburn University's Rural Studio, where I spent a year living and building in West Alabama. As an Outreach student two teammates and I designed and constructed 20K House v16, a 900-square foot, two bedroom house with a material budget of $20,000.
When not in service of architecture, I love front-porch-sitting, riding my bicycles, graphic design and typography, and neo-pagan minimalism.