Our staff members are all committed students of the accumulated wisdom of history as it is expressed in traditional architecture and urban design. Our passion for building strong communities starts here in our studio, among our friends and colleagues.
Allison Johnson joined Union Studio in Winter 2015. She has several years of experience working in architectural offices in both Minnesota and Rhode Island specializing in residential, commercial, and interior work environments. She received her B.S. Architecture from the University of Minnesota’s College of Design in 2009 and started a jewelry business shortly after. In 2011, Allison moved to Providence to begin Master of Architecture studies at RISD, graduated in 2014 and was awarded the AIA Henry Adams Certificate of Merit for Excellence in the study of architecture.
Allison is also a jewelry artist and her collections are made through working with metal, natural gemstones, and wood.
Hometown: Farmington, Minnesota
Favorite place and why: Oaxaca, Mexico. While studying abroad in Mexico and spending several months in Oaxaca City I fell in love with its vibrant civic culture and beautiful courtyards. The countless courtyard buildings along with social traditions make the city feel inside-out. Thick, masonry architecture seems pervious with sunlight, fresh air, sounds and scents seamlessly weaving throughout the city; the separation between inside and outside places is nearly invisible.
Non-Philosophical idol: Gwen Stefani
Guilty Pleasure: Meticulously reorganizing and grouping my collection of rocks and seashells around my home.
On a Sunday afternoon you will likely find me cruising around Rhode Island on two-wheels
Pivotal childhood memory: Cutting apart cereal boxes, tissue paper rolls and egg cartons to build “Toy Town,” a fictional city which was home to my toys & figurines that occupied the floor of my bedroom closet for several weeks at a time.
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