- MLA, Landscape Architecture, Ohio State University
- B.S.L.A., Landscape Architecture, West Virginia University
Johnson's research involves projects that integrate the use of interactive multimedia as a way to illustrate and explain planning and design process. PennSCAPEs, the latest of these projects, integrates the use Macromedia Flash as a tool for creating highly interactive and animated illustrations to help explain innovative planning principles. These animations have proven to be one of the key components that have made PennSCAPEs a success. He also maintains an active consulting business with Kelleann Foster applying the results of their research by working with both the private and public sectors.
Johnson's service to the University also focuses on the area of technology. He serves on both department and University level committees that focus on the use of technology in the classroom. He also chairs the Departments Computer Task Force which oversees the implementation of computer technology in the studios.