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Brian Johnson

Founder, Godwin Austin Johnson (Architects)
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Brian Johnson - co-founder of the Godwin Austen Johnson (GAJ) Architectural firm is a veteran and has contributed to many projects, most notably the design of The Dubai Creek Golf Clubhouse.

His start in the Middle East came with his move from England to work at a small but distinguished practice in Dubai. A sudden closure of the company led Johnson to start up a practice.

In 1989, Johnson joined with an old English firm to establish Godwin Austen Johnson. He revived the once dismal sector of police stations and prisons which eventually formed the base of his career as an architect in the Middle East.

He then progressed to education. The Dubai College is an example of his involvement in the educational field.

“It’s human nature to straighten everything out, but in the Arab world you get these slightly funny angles, these odd spaces... I’m interested in the narrowing of space and the explosion of space, finding interesting ways to bring light into buildings. These are much more important to me than saying, ‘Oh, an arch will look nice here, whack it on’,” Johnson explains.

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Conferences

CW In Focus | Inside the Leaders in KSA Awards 2019 in Riyadh
Meet the winners in all 10 categories and learn more about Vision 2030 in this
CW In Focus | Leaders in Construction Summit UAE 2019
A roundup of Construction Week's annual summit that was held in Dubai this September

Latest Issue

Construction Week - Issue 765
Jun 29, 2020