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Michael Sorkin :
[John] Johansen has always been an architect committed to ideas: scientific, architectural, and cultural. His work is filled with a sense of response to agendas that are always broader than the narrow limits of his immediate problems at hand. This perspective gives his work great resonance and, in an era displaced from such fundamentals, its clarity, resourcefulness and invention stand out all the more. Contact.html
James Wines : 
It has emerged very clearly that [John M Johansen] set the stage for the tremendous amount of activity that followed. In Oklahoma Theater, you can see the references in the work of so many architects. I think he is, probably, unlike anyone else in that generation. It’s one of the most profound things; that he is an antenna of what’s in the air, the changing sensitivity of the times. You could not have said that of anyone else of his age group. He’s a conceptualist. What distinguishes his work and John as an individual, is his infinite curiosity, his capacity to seize upon it totally. He really creates seminal works. Contact.html
Sibyl Moholy-Nagy : 
There is no surfeit of thinking architects. John Johansen has worked more seriously than any of his colleagues to understand the implications of science, philosophy, and sociology of the late 20th century for architecture. Like Le Corbusier, who liberated design from its academic isolation, he deserves to be judged on his own terms. If the result is somewhat schizophrenic, perhaps this too is symptomatic for “the end of architecture” as we know it. Contact.html

Mid-Century Modern Architectural Pioneer John M Johansen FAIA has been creating award-winning, controversial architecture for over 70 years. Last of the famed “Harvard Five” and widely recognized as one of America’s most innovative modern architects, Johansen has continually drawn upon his inquisitive mind, passionate drive and integrative sense of design  -  always utilizing cutting edge materials and technologies  -  to produce extraordinary architecture. Now in his 95th year, Johansen is creating designs for the future when a “new species of architecture”  -  nanoarchitecture  -  will emerge.

The task for architects today, is to seize hold of new technologies, judiciously apply them to buildings, delight in the symbolic potential, and endow them with poetic expression.  -  John M Johansen, FAIA

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Peter Blake :
He has shown that he is aware of certain things that are happening... which are just beyond the cutting edge. He is enormously aware of things that are just beyond the horizon. He is one of the few architects of his generation who has convictions as to what architects are really about. His work appears to be that of a dozen different people and I think that’s just astonishing; it’s absolutely amazing.    Contact.html

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