Dean Johnston  M.Arch., LEED AP
Principal: Johnston•Cassel Design Studio 2004-2008

Dean designed and built his first passive solar homes in Colombia County, New York, in 1980.  Since then he has designed and built custom homes, cabinetry, furniture and sculpture using a wide variety of materials and styles in locations ranging from Vermont to Hawaii.  His lifelong commitment to ecologically ethical design influences all aspects of his current work. Dean received the prestigious A.I.A.S. National Research Award in 2002 for his work testing structural bamboo, work that ultimately led to the first acceptance of a bamboo species, Bambusa stenostachya, into the United States building codes.


  • Master of Architecture, University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • Bachelor of Arts, Stetson University

Awards and Recognition

  • 2002  A.I.A.S  National Research Honor Award
  • Alpha Rho Chi Architecture Honor Society