235 Northern Boulevard,
Saint James, NY 11780



Wade Johnson, the founder and President of R. Wade Johnson Design (RWJD), found his love of architecture and design in his family’s upbringing. His passion for creating beautiful form came from his maternal great grandfather, John A. Gade, a classically trained architect who apprenticed at the renowned firm of McKim, Mead and White in New York City. Family trips though Europe visiting romanesque and gothic cathedrals with his mother, a professor of medieval history, reinforced that passion.

With a Bachelors degree in Architecture from Columbia University, and a Masters degree in Architecture from Yale University, Wade launched his professional career at Buttrick White and Burtis (BWB) in New York City. At BWB he designed and managed a variety of projects including The Saint Thomas Choir School, multiple Tower Records projects, The Ulysses Gallery, and a corporate law office in Rockefeller Center. Subsequently at The Rockwell Group as a Senior Associate, Wade led a design studio in completing a diverse range of hospitality and commercial projects around the world. His clients included Planet Hollywood, Steve Wynn Resorts, Loews Hotels and Disney.

In 1999 Wade founded R. Wade Johnson Design in St. James, New York, on the north shore of Long Island. He structured his firm to anticipate and uncover the design needs of his clients. Projects were completed in such diverse locations as Niagara Falls in Canada, San Francisco, Palm Beach and throughout the New York City metro area. Wade’s work has been recognized in professional journals including Architectural Digest, Interior Design, Interiors, Hospitality Design, Distinction Magazine, Architectural Record and Retrospecta. Wade is registered in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Florida.

R. Wade Johnson Design received a finalist award in 2008 from Hospitality Design Magazine in the luxury hotel category as executive architect for the renovation of the Royalton Hotel in New York City. In 2009 RWJD received another finalist award, this time for the Morgans Hotel renovation in New York City.

The firm’s vision is to continue to focus on excellent design quality and client satisfaction for select architecture and interior design commissions. In addition to hospitality, commercial, and residential design, the practice has moved into the medical, institutional and retail markets, and will continue to grow where unique opportunities arise.