Dave Johnson is Professor Emeritus of Planning at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville where he served for 16 years. At UT Knoxville he was also an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Previously, Prof. Johnson taught in and directed planning departments at Syracuse University and Ball State University. He received bachelors and masters degrees in architecture and city planning from Yale University and a PhD in regional planning from Cornell University. He has been a Fulbright Scholar in India, Thailand, the Soviet Union, and Cyprus. He is a past President of the Fulbright Association of the United States and has directed educational projects in Manaus and Curitiba, Brazil, and Coimbra, Portugal. Prof. Johnson has also served as a professional planner on the staffs of the Boston Redevelopment Authority, the Washington National Capital Planning Commission and the Regional Plan Association of New York.
Prof. Johnson’s published writings have focused on planning theory and history and have most recently examined planning activities of the Tennessee Valley Authority and the development of the New York Metropolitan Region. He has served on the editorial board of the Journal of the American Planning Association and is the author of Planning the Great Metropolis, Chapman & Hall, 1996. He was a member of the planning design team for Tennessee’s ASLA award-winning Bicentennial Mall at the State Capitol in Nashville, dedicated in June 1996. In 2002 he served as Director of the International Honors Program on Global Cities in India, South Africa and Brazil, a national program for undergraduates. Dr. Johnson resides in Asheville, NC where he is on the board of directors for the Asheville Design Center and a member of the Blue Ridge Sustainability Institute leadership group.