Designing special places that educate and inspire.
Verner Johnson, Inc. is a specialist museum architecture and planning firm dedicated to serving the needs of museums. As a newly-trained MIT architecture graduate, E. Verner Johnson founded the firm in 1965 with the major expansion to the Museum of Science in Boston. After many years of successful educational, library and public works projects, the firm reorganized to specialize in museum planning and design in 1978. Since then, we have focused our practice in the museum field, offering comprehensive services that museum leadership will need as they move their project from initial stages through completion.
Verner Johnson, Inc. is the only architectural firm in the US specializing exclusively in the planning and design of museums.
We maintain a core group of creative museum architects and planners in our Boston office. As current project needs evolve, we draw from our outside network of specialist consultants, local architects, engineers, exhibit designers, and others as needed. This flexibility best serves our clients and allows VernerJohnson’s leaders to be thoroughly involved in each project throughout all phases. We are large enough to handle any size museum project, but small enough to provide personalized service. Our highly experienced professional staff average over 20 years of museum experience.
Verner Johnson retired from the firm in 2008 and has since passed in 2017. Brad Nederhoff has successfully managed and led the firm since 2008, building upon the foundations established by Verner’s innovative leadership. Currently, three of our key staff members have received their Masters degrees from Harvard University.
Each year, more than 13 million people visit our museums.
A Forbes magazine survey placed five VernerJohnson projects among the top 25 most highly visited museums in the United States.