John M. Johansen
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Oklahoma Theater Center, at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 1965 to 1970.|
(b. New York, N.Y. 1916)
John MacLane Johansen was born in New York city in 1916. In 1942 he graduated from the Harvard Graduate School of Design with a Masters in Architecture. He worked as a draftsman for Marcel Breuer and as a researcher for the National Housing Agency in Washington, D.C. before he joined Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill in New York. In 1948 he established his own practice in New Canaan, Connecticut.
Johansen's designs emphasize function over form. He focuses on social, urban, and anthropological conditions when designing his buildings. He always considers how to make a human but innovative project. No matter how large the given program, he strives to avoid creating overpowering megastructures.
Generally, Johansen achieves humanity in his buildings through a cooperative design effort . This results in a building that is alive with associations and suggestion. The cooperative process also insures that only a few responsibilities and obligations are lost in the formation process.
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