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Bio of David A. Johnson

David Johnson is Professor Emeritus of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.  A native of New York City, he received BA and Master degrees in architecture and planning from Yale and a PhD in regional planning from Cornell.  Prior to embarking on an academic career, Prof. Johnson served on the staffs of the Boston Redevelopment Authority, the National Capital Planning Commission, Washington, DC, and the Regional Plan Association in New York.   During his teaching career he was a faculty member of and directed departments of planning at Syracuse University, Ball State University in Indiana. and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He has had international experience in more than 40 countries.  In 1972 he directed an environmental research project in Yugoslavia.  In 1978 he was a Senior Fulbright scholar at the Moscow Institute of Architecture, the first American urban planner to teach in the Soviet Union.  A teaching and research Fulbright to Cyprus in 1998-99  focussed on using planning and development as a way to build bridges between the Greek and Turkish communities on the divided island.   Dr. Johnson also participated in or led faculty group Fulbrights to India and Thailand and directed research projects on deforestation in the Amazon and desertification in Kenya.   On the domestic scene Dr. Johnson served on the design team for the award-winning master plan for the State Capitol and Bicentennial Mall in Nashville, Tennessee.   He is the author of numerous articles and several books, including Planning the Great Metropolis,which examined how planning has shaped the New York Metropolitan Region.  Dr. Johnson is a Past-President of the Fulbright Association of the United States and a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners.   He resides in Asheville, North Carolina with his wife, Eleanor Stephens Johnson.  They have three daughters, all dragged around the world by their father and mother.   Out of their travels has come a bestseller, The Historian, by Elizabeth Kostova, and Backstage at the Revolution, a study of the Paris Opera in the French Revolution, by Victoria Johnson, (who is an Associate Professor at Hunter).  Victoria is the author of American Eden, a finalist for the 2018 National Book Award. A Washington-based daughter, Jessica Honigberg, is an accomplished musician and artist.  Jessica is the founder of 28 Chairs, a concert series in Washington dedicated to the music of the harpsichord. David has five beloved grandchildren: Lily Honigberg, Clara Honigberg, Tony Kostov, Yanka Kostova, and Kiril Kostov.

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