Designer and Fabricator, Robin Johnston is an Architecture Thesis Student at California Polytechnic State University. Graduating in June 2018, he will receive a Professional Bachelor of Architecture degree with a Minor in Italian Studies. He works as a Shop Technician at Cal Poly's College of Architecture and Environmental Design Support Shop where he teaches 3D printer, laser cutter, and CNC plasma cutter operation as well as safety training and project production in the wood and metal shops.
Robin lived in Florence, Italy from 2016 to 2017 studying architecture and Italian culture, as well as completing general education credit for his degree. Traveling through Europe, he explored cities, landscapes, and environments learning from European culture and life.
During the Summer of 2015, Robin took part in the Center for Architecture Sustainability and Art (CASA) in San Miguel De Allende, Mexico. Architects Steven and Cathi House of House + House Architects lead workshops and design challenges while traveling and teaching students about Mexican art, architecture, and culture.
Robin has professional experience working as a metal fabricator at Hunter Designs in Santa Cruz, CA. Here he designed and produced custom metal projects by welding, forging, and machining many different types of metals. He produced shop drawings and renders for custom design projects for a variety of clients.
During the Summer of 2017, he worked as an Architectural Intern at Arc Tec, Inc in San Jose. Here he participated in preliminary schematic design phases and construction document preparation for large scale corporate projects and performed field-verifications and produced material boards for presentation meetings.