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Timothy Johnson
Active Emeritus Associate Professor
Portrait of Timothy Johnson
Penn State Landscape Architecture

Timothy Johnson's work in developing the use of pen-based computing for digital sketching and rendering has received a positive response from both students and professionals. This seems to be an application of technology that designers are eager to embrace and learn about. Penn State continues to lead the way in developing the use of this technology in design and visualization. Johnson keeps active in developing presentations, workshops, continuing education sessions, and web-based instruction in both the academic and private practice arenas. He regularly publishes articles for Landscape Architecture Magazine on a variety of digital technology issues. 


  • M.L.A., Landscape Architecture, The Ohio State University
  • B.S. in 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.