Gary Johnson, AIA


Gary Johnson applies his versatility as an architect and urban designer to a wide range of projects at Cambridge Seven Associates. With a Masters from Harvard's Graduate School of Design, and undergraduate degrees from the Rhode Island School of Design and Wentworth Institute of Technology, Mr. Johnson's interest in urban design is utilized on projects in the United States and abroad. Working with diverse C7A clients including developers, hospitality corporations, colleges, private schools, city planners and airport authorities, he has a particular strength in helping his clients communicate their goals to the agencies, residents, donors and others concerned with the evolution of their projects.

Sky High

Boston Magazine

Gary Johnson, a principal at Cambridge Seven Associates, is helping shape Boston’s skyline. As a student in the 1960s, Gary Johnson watched as the firm of famed architect I. M. Pei developed the Christian Science Center. More than forty years …

Landmark Hanover Inn gets a makeover

The Gazette

It takes a lot to transform a dowdy 233-year-old doyenne into a stunning, fresh-faced ingénue, but the Hanover Inn in New Hampshire is blessed with devoted supporters and ample resources. The landmark inn was built in 1780 on the campus …

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A Room for the Night (Not 40 to Life)

New York Times

The hulking granite building overlooking the Charles River housed some of this city’s most notorious criminals for more than a century, but it will soon provide luxury accommodations for some of the most well-heeled visitors. The transformation of the Charles …

Transform it, and They Will Come

Interiors & Sources

Once a historic prison, the newly designed Liberty Hotel in Boston melds 19th century architecture with contemporary design that honors the past New four-star hotels aren’t necessarily big news. But when one opens in a historical space, say, a 19th …

America’s Top College Hotels

Travel + Leisure

The Charles Hotel, Cambridge, MA A late-20th-century design of schematically stacked boxes means rooms here—many of which overlook the Charles River—are larger than in landlocked B&Bs deeper inside Cambridge. Students, professors, and music aficionados all flock to the hotel’s Regattabar, …

New hotel revels in jailhouse past

Boston Globe

With the Clink restaurant and Alibi bar, the Liberty is guilty of lacking subtlety “Just make it jail-like.” Architect Gary Johnson of the firm Cambridge Seven Associates says that was the word from the National Park Service, spoken when he …

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The 10-year conversion

Structural Engineer

More than a century later, Boston’s first skyscraper becomes the Ames hotel. More than 120 years ago, Frederick Lothrop Ames, grandson of the founder of the successful Ames Shovel Works, financed the construction of the Ames Building in downtown Boston, …

The Revere hotel’s trendy Theater District digs

Boston is gearing up for its first new hotel opening of 2012, and there’s a lot of new hitting the scene at 200 Stuart St. Not since the Mandarin Oriental Boston opened in Back Bay has there been such buzz …

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Facilities of Merit 2011: Mayor Sheila Doyle Russell Youth and Community Center

Athletic Business

Flexible in use and sensitive to its residential surroundings, the Mayor Sheila Doyle Russell Youth and Community Center serves an eclectic mix of users on three levels — a lower level housing private lounge and banquet space for the local …

CultureNOW Podcast: The Liberty Hotel


Listen to a podcast by C7A Principal Gary Johnson about the history of the Charles Street Jail and its transformation into The Liberty Hotel. Description The former Charles Street Jail, a national historic landmark, has been transformed into a new …

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