Andrew Johnston



Ph.D., Architecture, University of California, Berkeley M.Arch., Architecture, University of California, Berkeley M.S., Urban Design, Pratt Institute B.A., Arts, Hampshire College


Andrew Johnston is a licensed architect and certified planner with a PhD in architectural history and extensive experience both in practice and in academia.  He has served as a supervising architect for the Historic American Engineering Record and as an environmental planner for the California State Department of Transportation (Caltrans), working with a wide range of experts and stakeholders on the preservation and interpretation of historic cultural landscapes. In China he joined with UNESCO affiliates as one of a team of experts working on historical gardens, intermediate cities, and urban cultural landscapes and served as Consulting Architect in Heritage Preservation with the China Suzhou Institute of Architectural Design.


Andrew Johnston’s research interests focus on industrial and infrastructure heritage, cultural landscapes, critical heritage studies, and heritage and preservation in China.  His book, Mercury and the Making of California: Mining, Landscape and Race, 1845-1900, is a multidisciplinary examination of the history and cultural landscapes of California's mercury-mining industry, which raises mercury to its rightful place alongside gold and silver in the development of the American West.  His current research focuses on the question of heritage in contemporary China and encompasses research on heritage education in China, participation in writing national guidelines for the preservation of industrial heritage in China, and a new book project taking a comprehensive look at heritage conservation theory and methods in China today.

Andrew Johnston joined UVA in January 2016 from the department of architecture at Xi’an-Jiaotong Liverpool University (XJTLU) in Suzhou, China. He was the founding program director of both the Master of Architecture and the Interdisciplinary MSc at XJTLU, where he also led the Heritage, History and Theory Research Initiative.  He has worked extensively on the promotion of multidisciplinary research sharing and interdisciplinary programs at XJTLU and will bring this work to bear on his interdisciplinary vision for the Historic Preservation Program at UVA, which he heads.

Johnston is teaching ARH 5601 Historic Preservation: Theory + Practice and ARH 5610 Field Methods II during the Spring 2016 semester and a Field Methods class in Oxford, England in Summer 2016. His teaching will be focused on Historic Preservation and Heritage, including the connections between preservation and design practice.

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