Andrew Johnston

Andrew Johnston is an associate professor and the director of the Historical Preservation Program in the Department of Architectural History at the University of Virginia.

Johnston’s research interests focus on industrial and infrastructure heritage, cultural landscapes, critical heritage studies, and heritage and preservation in China.    He was the founding program director of both the Master of Architecture and the Interdisciplinary MSc in Urban Design program  at Xian-Jiaotong Liverpool University (XJTLU) in Suzhou, China, where he also led the Heritage, History and Theory Research Initiative.  He has worked extensively on the promotion of multidisciplinary research sharing and interdisciplinary programs at XJTLU.  He engaged in practice as a Consulting Architect in Heritage Preservation with the China Suzhou Institute of Architectural Design.   In the United States, he has been an environmental planner for the California Department of Transportation and a Supervisory Architect for the U.S. National Park Service’s Historic American Engineering Record.

Johnston holds a Ph.D. and Masters of Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley and a Master of Science in Urban Design from the Pratt Institute.  He is a licensed architect with the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and a certified planner with the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). His most recent publication, Mercury and the Making of California: Mining, Landscape and Race, 1845-1900, is a multidisciplinary examination of the history and cultural landscapes of California’s mercury-mining industry, which raises mercury to its rightful place alongside gold and silver in the development of the American West.