Carol R. Johnson recognized in Women of Steel and Stone

Carol R. Johnson has been recognized for her pioneering achievements as a Landscape Architect in a new book written by Anna M. Lewis.

Date

February 27, 2014

BOSTON – CRJA-IBI Group is pleased to announce that Carol R. Johnson, FASLA, has been recognized for her pioneering achievements as a Landscape Architect and entrepreneur in Women of Steel and Stone: 22 Inspirational Architects, Engineers, and Landscape Designers by Anna M. Lewis.

The book tells the story of how Carol came to love landscape architecture, notes her aptitude for entrepreneurship, and provides examples of her career that has spanned nearly 60 years.

Carol founded CRJA (Carol R. Johnson Associates) in 1959, and opened a Knoxville branch in 2004. CRJA joined IBI Group in 2011.

Many of Carol’s early projects involved the energy industry and the environment. For the Chevron Oil Refinery in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, she designed plantings and buffers, and also came up with a color palette that camouflaged the facility into its environment. She invented a color called dawn grey, which was used on the entire refinery to blend the structures perfectly with the skies. Still, growing her fledgling business wasn’t easy. She said, “I had a hard time getting even part-time employees. I was an unknown woman, and there were plenty of jobs with famous men.”
During those early days, Carol flew frequently to Washington, DC, for meetings and she was usually the only woman on those flights. Now when she flies down there, she says, the plane is filled with businesswomen.

Excerpted from Women of Steel and Stone: 22 Inspirational Architects, Engineers, and Landscape Designers by Anna M. Lewis, with permission from Chicago Review Press. Copyright (c) 2014

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