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Interview. Bridging the Design / Education Gap

Bernard Johnston grew up in the industrial landscape of the north east of England, outside Newcastle-upon-Tyne, amongst the shipyards and bridges of Tyneside. As a small boy he was deeply impressed by these surroundings and remembers ‘building reinforced earth structures and long spans of twigs and grass and earth’ in the garden of his home. He also spent hours wandering round the Museum of Science & Engineering where he was most attracted to the models of ships and planes. His father was a commercial artist running a silk-screen business, and his brother became a mechanical engineer.