Celia Johnstone Joins HDR as Transportation Architecture Director, Ontario

Celia Johnstone, OAA, MRAIC, LEED AP

Celia Johnstone, OAA, MRAIC, LEED AP, has joined HDR as our new Ontario Transportation Architecture director and transportation architecture principal.

Based out of our Toronto office, Johnstone will provide strategic guidance for the transportation architecture practice and technical expertise for multidisciplinary projects. Although her focus will primarily be on the Toronto/Greater Toronto Area, she will be a resource across Canada and for our global program. 

Johnstone is currently helping lead the CAD$10.9 billion Ontario Line Subway project. This nearly 16-kilometer, freestanding subway line, with 15 proposed stations, will run from Ontario Place/Exhibition Place through downtown Toronto to the Ontario Science Centre.

“Transit infrastructure is more than just a utility; these are important public buildings for the people who use them every day,” Johnstone said. “Good design can help these big projects — which are major public investments — to deliver more.”

With over 20 years of experience, Johnstone is well-versed in the design and management of major transit infrastructure projects. She has led major renovations as well as new construction of elevated, at-grade and underground stations, including projects for the Toronto Transit Commission, Greater Toronto Airport Authority and GO Transit. She was based in Israel for seven years, serving as the lead architect for the Tel Aviv Red Line — the city’s first LRT and underground stations. In addition, Johnstone is experienced with international competition work, urban design, and institutional and mixed-use development projects.

“Celia’s program leadership and technical innovation is evident in the numerous multimillion-dollar projects she has been involved with, including transit centers, automated people movers and light rail,” said Transportation Architecture Director James McConnell. “Her expertise will be key in delivering the Ontario Line project as well as future projects of similar magnitude and community significance.” 

Johnstone earned bachelor’s degrees in architecture as well as environmental studies from the University of Waterloo. Active in the industry, she is a member of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, the Toronto Society of Architects and Construction Specifications Canada. She is one of over 500 LEED Accredited Professionals at HDR, focusing on energy and environmental design.