Karin Johnson

Karin Johnson
Karin was originally drawn to architecture for its seemingly broad scope in understanding systems and synergy at both a macro and micro level. She is fascinated by the interdependence of all relationships, behaviors, influences and motivations within the social, political, environmental and individual landscape and how these hinder, enhance or generally contribute towards an outcome. Ideologically, she identifies with and is inspired by the many writings of futurist, architect and inventor, Buckminster Fuller.

A natural seeker, Karin was born asking “why.” Beyond just challenging the status quo she sought deeper understanding of self, others and community. From a young age, she was particularly adept at creating spaces and projects using found, recycled and natural objects.
While studying architecture at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo her favorite project was creating a clothing line out of seaweed, an exercise inspired by Andy Goldsworthy’s land art. In design, she appreciates solutions that are original, playful, innovative, resourceful and responsible.
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When she is not voraciously reading (wanting to understand the complexities of the seen and unseen universe), working on creating a makerspace in Truckee, studying astrology and spending quality moments with her also very busy new husband and Shetland sheepdog, she ideally balances herself with mountain biking, hiking and skiing. She looks forward to carving out more time for making art and music.




Kurt Reinkens & Kristi Thompson Architects
11165 Brockway Road - Truckee, California 96161
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