Southern California-based architect who designed inexpensive homes and public housing projects during the Great Depression era. His homes cost less and were more affordable to build, hence his importance on the many impoverished Americans seeking shelter.
He was an architecture student in Paris before studying at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
He began his architectural career by designing homes for wealthy residents of Pasadena and Montecito, California.
He was born in the state of New York to Joseph Horsfall Johnson, who later became the Episcopal Bishop of the City of Los Angeles.
He received a small home design award from U.S. President Herbert Hoover in 1931.