Brian Johnson is the Principal and Managing Partner of GAJ Architects (Godwin Austen Johnson).
With 40 years of regional experience to his name, Johnson’s influence on modern Middle Eastern architecture is undeniable. His body of work comprises some of Dubai’s most recognisable and prized buildings. Among them is the Dubai Creek Golf Club, widely recognised as one of Dubai’s first architectural icons, so much so that it features on the twenty dirham banknote.
Recognised as one of the more distinguished architects in the region, Johnson is credited with having set in motion a countrywide trend in the UAE to incorporate traditional Arabic and Islamic themes into modern architecture. GAJ has a portfolio of projects across the UAE as well as in Morocco, Tunisia and Egypt to the west and to Oman, India and the Maldives to the east.
His distinctive style and uncompromising resolve for design excellence has made Johnson and his company GAJ a preferred partner for many dignitaries in the region and resulted in several of his projects receiving major architectural awards, as well as he himself being awarded with the title of Principal of the Year in 2011 and, more recently given a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2015 Identity Design Awards.