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GenXYZ 2023 — Amanda Johnson

They’re uncommon achievers, whether as entrepreneurs, CEOs, nonprofit leaders, visionaries critical to their companies’ success or, in some cases, all of those roles. This year’s Top 25 Young Professionals figure to continue making a difference professionally and in their communities for years to come.

Read on to learn about the 2023 Top 25 Young Professionals and to see the list of this year’s top 50 finalists.

READ: GenXYZ 2023 — Top 25

Amanda Johnson, 37

Principal, OZ Architecture | Denver

As a principal at OZ Architecture, Amanda Johnson designed Platte Fifteen, the first commercial project to utilize cross-laminated timber (CLT) in Denver. CLT is a wood panel product that consists of at least three layers of lumber glued together, for superior acoustic and other benefits, and little onsite waste. The project, located near the confluence of Cherry Creek and the South Platte River, was awarded the 2022 Mayor’s Design Award. The office and retail building also won the 2021 Regional Excellence Wood Design Award from WoodWorks and the 2020 Downtown Denver Partnership Award.

Johnson also designed the Fort Worth Cultural District Office, part of a luxury mixed-use development in Texas. Like Platte Fifteen, the office building has a covered paseo to lead into the primary entrance of the office building.

Johnson not only designs commercial buildings to meet client needs but also follows through with contractors and subcontractors to make sure the project is on schedule, on budget and adapts to any client-requested changes. She has helped the firm gain repeat customers through her passion, work ethic and drive.

Johnson earned a master of architecture from the University of Colorado Denver, and a bachelor of environmental design from the University of Colorado Boulder. She was determined not to let student debt become an issue, and worked throughout high school and college. She is a single mom of two sons, and is involved in her son’s school and her subdivision’s HOA.