Ralph Johnson is Principal and Global Design Director of Perkins&Will. Ralph grew up on the South Side of Chicago, just down the street from Frank Lloyd Wright’s R.W. Evans House. He found the design of the house fascinating, and by the time he reached grade school, he had already decided to become an architect. His designs are driven by program, human need, and an unwavering commitment to the just, resilient, and livable city. Deeply influenced by humanistic values, Johnson’s approach emphasizes process rather than a preconceived aesthetic. In this way, the design can respond to diverse cultures and urban conditions; diversity enriches a design.