On March 17, the University of Colorado Board of Regents announced the selection of recipients of Honorary Degrees, Distinguished Service Awards, and University Medals for 2022. Don Johnson, the University of Colorado Denver College of Architecture and Planning’s most esteemed and visionary supporter, will receive an honorary degree for his significant thought leadership and philanthropy at a special CU Denver Regents event on May 3.
Johnson graduated from CU Boulder in 1962, and moved to Los Angeles, where he worked with several design and planning firms before founding the notable interior architecture, planning, and architecture firm, Aegina Associates in 1972. Currently, Johnson is the Managing Trustee of the Dr. C.W. Bixler Family Foundation. This foundation supports CAP through its vision for, and funding of, the many Bixler Initiatives.
Johnson established the Bixler Global Initiatives, an educational exchange program between CAP and architecture schools in Finland, Japan, and Spain. Later, he saw opportunity for experiential learning and applying design principles to real-world problems, which resulted in the creation of the award-winning Colorado Building Workshop, and now, the emergence of the Bixler BioDesign studio. In this studio, students learn about the practical application of architectural theory by designing and constructing unique and functional structures and buildings.
Johnson serves on the CAP advisory board and is a member of the Benson Society and the Heritage Society. From 2010-2016, Johnson served on the Board of Trustees for the CU Foundation.