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1001 G Street Northwest 250W
Washington, DC, 20001
United States

(202) 333-4480

With a professional working relationship spanning three decades, Gary F Martinez FAIA and Thomas E Johnson FAIA founded Martinez+Johnson Architecture in 1994 to bring their design sensitivities to institutional and cultural projects in urban locations. The 25-architect firm has since established an expertise in three main architectural areas – the restoration and adaptive reuse of historic structures, institutional buildings in urban areas and community settings, and the design and planning of performing arts venues.

Known for a thoughtful design approach to public facilities, M+J develops an intimate understanding of the needs of users, patrons, and operators destined to inhabit the projects of the firm. M+J looks to the future in their design aesthetic even when the context may be firmly rooted in the past and executes creative solutions to facilities both new and historic, where flexibility, ease of operation, and high but versatile performance characteristics are requisite. Venues express aspirational values and goals of the communities within which they are located, and at the same time conform to issues of economic value at the highest levels of environmental sustainability.

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Thomas E Johnson FAIA


On August 14th we lost our founder, mentor, colleague, and friend of nearly 35 years. During his storied career, Tom was a leader in the design and rebirth of communities and cultural centers throughout the United States.

He expanded our firm’s knowledge of preservation and restoration efforts, propelling the practice to national recognition. His many successes were founded in a unique ability to create community consensus amongst the many stakeholder organizations involved in these urban projects.

He taught and lectured at colleges and professional associations across the country.  Here in his native home of Washington DC Tom served on community boards of regional organizations such as Wesley Housing Development and the American Horticultural Society. 

We will be steadfast in continuing Tom’s commitment to the constituency of citizens and neighborhoods in which we practice; and will strive to create memorable architecture inspired by his legacy.

"With great sorrow yet true appreciation, we honor the memory of our founding partner and celebrate his many successes and achievements in life”.


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