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Jeffrey Johnson

Founding Director - China Megacities Lab, Columbia University

Co-founding Principal, SLAB

Jeffrey Johnson is an adjunct professor and is the founding director of China Megacities Lab, an experimental research unit at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University. His research focuses on the radical transformations of China’s urban landscape. For the past two years, his research has focused on the museumification of China, which takes a critical look at the current museum building boom. Prior to that, the Lab focused its research on the megablock, the basic DNA of large-scale urban development, which will be included as part of a book Johnson is co-editing on the subject, entitled The China Lab Guide to Megablock Urbanisms. He has lectured extensively and has taken part in numerous international events, symposia, forums and workshops on the topic of cities, architecture, museums and China’s urbanization. He was also a Visiting Professor at Tongji University.

In addition to his research and teaching at Columbia University, Johnson is also a co-founding principal of SLAB Architecture, a research-based multidisciplinary design practice located in New York City. Projects range in scale from residential to urban, with sites in the Americas, Europe and China. Prior to establishing his professional practice, Johnson worked for OMA/Rem koolhaas in Rotterdam and New York.

Johnson was the Curator and Co-Academic Director for the 2013 Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism / Architecture in Shenzhen.