Designer and Fabricator, Robin Johnston is based in Santa Cruz, California. Currently developing Automated Fiber Placement Robotics in composites manufacturing at
Joby Aviation. Before working as an Architectural Designer for CAW Architects in Palo Alto, Robin graduated from California Polytechnic State University in June 2018. He received a Professional Bachelor of Architecture degree with a Minor in Italian Studies. He worked as a Shop Technician at Cal Poly's College of Architecture and Environmental Design Support Shop where he taught 3D printer, laser cutter, and CNC plasma cutter operation as well as safety training and project production in the wood and metal fabrication shops.
Robin lived in Florence, Italy from 2016 to 2017 studying architecture and Italian culture, as well as completing general education credit for his degree. Traveling through Europe, he explored cities, landscapes, and environments learning from European culture and life.
During the Summer of 2015, Robin took part in the Center for Architecture Sustainability and Art (CASA) in San Miguel De Allende, Mexico. Architects Steven and Cathi House of House + House Architects lead workshops and design challenges while traveling and teaching students about Mexican art, architecture, and culture.
Robin worked as a metal fabricator at Hunter Designs in Santa Cruz, CA. Here he designed and produced custom metal projects by welding, forging, and machining many different types of metals. He produced shop drawings and renders for custom design projects for a variety of clients.
During the Summer of 2017, he worked as an Architectural Intern at Arc Tec, Inc in
San Jose. Here he participated in preliminary schematic design phases and construction document preparation for large scale corporate projects and performed field-verifications and produced material boards for presentation meetings.