Brian Johnson

Brian Johnson, AIA


For over 25 years, Reprise’s co-founder, Brian Johnson, has assisted public, private, and nonprofit clients in the planning and design of projects. With extensive industrial, office, and retail experience, Brian has a practical understanding of the business world. This understanding is founded on a rich and diverse education in architecture, city planning, and urban design. With real project experience and a solid education that encouraged him to explore theory, Brian knows how to balance “art” with “the practical” in the making of thoughtful places.

Brian calls Minnesota home, but he has a fondness for Philadelphia, where he received two graduate degrees from the historic University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Fine Arts and where he taught Planning Graphics. But don’t be intimidated by his advanced degrees, Brian is a down-to-earth Minnesotan who is as comfortable paddling down the river with his dogs as he is in a boardroom.

Clients like Brian’s direct and focused approach. He knows which issues to attend to and which will take care of themselves over time. As an accomplished planner, he knows how to work with city staff and with owners to encourage a fast, attentive decision-making process. His planning skills allow projects to get on track in the early stages, before going too far down the wrong trail.

Brian models what it means to give back when you’ve been given much. He shares his time and talents by serving on the Board of Directors for nonprofit organizations, by serving as a member of various city committees, and by participating in a variety of community outreach efforts.