In his role as executive vice president of Gresham Smith’s Land Planning market, Louis Johnson oversees more than 50 professionals and award-winning projects across the United States. He is responsible for expanding the market’s client base and ensuring exceptional project execution for existing clients.

A passionate advocate for projects that can positively reshape urban environments, Louis brings 15 years of experience working across a variety of project types and scales, with a focus on urban design and planning, as well as parks and public spaces. Notable projects include Town Branch Commons in Lexington, Kentucky, and the Chattahoochee Riverlands in Atlanta, Georgia. As a recognized leader in the field of urban design and landscape architecture, Louis is a sought-after speaker at national planning and design conferences, where he shares his insights on innovative community design. His leadership extends to his roles as the former president of the Kentucky chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects, and as a past board member for the Midwest chapter of the Congress for New Urbanism. Louis’ influence also reaches into the educational realm, where he’s lectured as an adjunct instructor for the University of Kentucky’s Department of Landscape Architecture, focusing on urban design, stormwater best management practices, and innovative place-making projects.

Prior to his current role, Louis served as a senior landscape architect, where he led our Landscape Architecture practice. Before joining Gresham Smith, he spent seven years in planning and urban design, contributing to over 45 projects of varying scales across the country.

Louis Johnson, PLA, ASLA