Leading local architect retires

Richard Johnson

Richard Johnson

A prominent local architect is hanging his hat and heading into retirement after a long and successful career.

Richard Johnson began his architectural career in 1960 with a focus on healthcare, and in 1980, he founded Pulse Design Group (then called Wilson Johnson Associates) and led the firm to become one of the leading health care architectural firms in the field.

In 1996, the firm added Rick Embers as a principal and became Wilson Johnson Embers (WJE Architects). The firm handles a range of healthcare systems projects ranging from code consulting, finish upgrades and minor modifications to existing facilities, new facilities and master facility plans for entire hospitals.

In 2010, the firm rebranded as Pulse Design Group with a renewed focus on healthcare including in-house interior design, medical equipment planning, and in fact is even leading the way in health care design using virtual reality.

Johnson’s expertise in healthcare architecture helped position the firm in the marketplace to design services for clients including Liberty Hospital, Holton Community Hospital, St. Joseph Hospital, Prime Healthcare, St. Francis Health System, St. Mary’s Medical Center, and The University of Kansas Hospital, as well as other clients across the country.