MICHAEL W. JOHNS
MDesigns + MWJ Consulting
African American AIA Fellow
SAY IT LOUD - Washington DC Exhibitor
Pennsylvania Based Designer
Michael has had influence over the entire spectrum of Architecture, leading change through conveying his knowledge, expertise and insight about the process of developing housing for the poorest in our society.
MICHAEL W. JOHNS
Known for his work as a public architect with the Philadelphia Housing Authority, Michael Johns has played a major role in cultivating and revitalizing the Philadelphia public housing initiative. Through the use of public advocacy, innovative design, economic impact, national and even international influence, Michael has proven that a public housing authority can provide safe, affordable, quality housing that also revitalizes urban environments and communities. Michael has transformed neighborhoods like Mill Creek in West Philadelphia, maintaining a sense of understanding for the challenges these neighborhoods face currently. All while ensuring that affordable housing will be viable and available for the next generation of residents in need. Michael's impact has not been limited solely to the Philadelphia area. Michael has had influence over the entire spectrum of Architecture, leading change through conveying his knowledge, expertise and insight about the process of developing housing for the poorest in our society. Through speaking engagements in Government and public forums like the American Institute of Architects and the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials, Michael has spread the seeds of public advocacy in the lens of architectural influence.
Object Four - Public service, government, industry, or organization
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Planning and Design Lead
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The new Paschall Village, which opened in late November 2011, was PHA’s most ambitious green development to date. It uses high-performance materials and the latest energy-efficient technologies, with such green products as central geothermal heating and cooling, solar domestic hot water, solar panels, rainwater harvesting/irrigation system, and Energy Star fixtures and equipment.