Mr. Roy W. Johnson ’63

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Wall of Fame Class of 2015

Roy W. Johnson ’63 received his Bachelor of Architecture in 1968 and Master of Science in Architectural Engineering in 1971 from Penn State University.

He moved to Charlotte and joined Odell Associates, Inc. in 1971. Mr. Johnson was project manager on a new airport terminal at Charlotte Douglas International Airport (then called Douglas Municipal Airport) in 1978 and later became principal in charge for Odell. In 1986, he was named the chief operating officer of Odell and served as president beginning in 1988 until his retirement in 1998.

Mr. Johnson continued consulting with Charlotte Douglas International Airport and has been airport architect since 1999. He has worked on every major and most minor expansions to the airport over the past 37 years.

Mr. Johnson taught as a senior fellow at the Advanced Management Institute for Architecture and Engineering, was a peer reviewer at the American Institute of Architects from 1998-2010 and served in the Consulting Engineering Council’s peer review program from 1988 until 2002.

While at Odell, he was a licensed architect in 19 states and currently holds licenses in North Carolina and South Carolina. He was honored in 1993 as Alumni of the Year in the Penn State Architectural Engineering program and was MMI’s 1988 commencement speaker.

Mr. Johnson’s public speaking topics include: “The Project Plan,” “How to Create your Firm’s Corporate University,” “Project Budget, Schedules and Controls,” “Project Planning Management and Scope Creep,” “When your Job is Managing Project Managers,” and “What to do When Things Go Wrong.” He also has published numerous articles on project management.

He has served on numerous boards for organizations such as: North Carolina Transportation Museum Foundation, Opera Carolina, Opera America, Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, Piedmont Carolinas Chapter, Johnson C. Smith University, and Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.

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