Lindsay Johnston grew up in Ireland and studied architecture in Scotland. After 20 years in research and practice in Ireland, he emigrated to Australia and entered academic life. He has been Head of School and Dean of the Faculty of Architecture and Design at the University of Newcastle. He has continued architectural practice and has been awarded for his houses and for research on and practice of environmentally sensitive strategies. He has been Chair of the Australian Institute of Architects National Education Committee and National Environment Committee. He was awarded the 2002 Australian Institute of Architects National Education Prize for his contribution to architectural education. He has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Newcastle, the University of Sydney, and as interim Head of School of Architecture and Planning at the University of Auckland. He is convener of the Architecture Foundation Australia and principle organiser of the Glenn Murcutt International Architecture Master Class and other educational events.