XDEA is an interdisciplinary design studio led by architect N. Scott Johnson. We create spaces and buildings, performances and public installations, inspired by the tactile and the ethereal.  

XDEA projects are rooted in art, public space and performance informed by community, memory, loss and renewal. We think of movement, light, sound and the natural elements—sun, wind, rain and snow—as design materials, just as wood, stone, metal and glass are construction materials. We create architectural experiences that connect human and site-specific experiences, to hear and feel the rhythm of the forces that enrich the spaces you move through and occupy. 

N. Scott Johnson, CEO

Norman Scott Johnson is an architect, artist, musician, writer and composer whose work explores public space and performance informed by community, memory, loss and renewal. 

As an architect, Mr. Johnson has had the privilege to work in the design studios of both Richard Meier and Elizabeth Diller, both of whom continue to inspire his work. Among his collaborations, Mr. Johnson’s work has been featured in the 2018 Berlin International Film Festival with filmmaker Barbara Hammer. A visual score of his composition “Barbara Hammer Nudewalk” has being published by Inpatient Press. This work was first performed as part the Whitney Museum’s Dreamlands: Immersive Cinema exhibit in the fall of 2016.

Mr. Johnson’s collaborations with dancer choreographer Jody Sperling, a Loie Fuller interpreter and founder of Time Lapse Dance pushes the limits of their ‘instruments’ with a sonically responsive algorithm that projects light in Sonata for Dance, Cello and Algorithm, playing with the subtle spectrum of sound in their performance. In his work, Mr. Johnson brings the concepts of breath, harmonics and the sound of the cello to activate the vast space between the 12 traditional tones. The central inspiration in the design of his recently commissioned lake house in Madison, Wisconsin is the rhythmic connection of waves to shore and it’s transforming affect on rock and sand.



Architect, Artist, Composer, Cellist



Immersive Film Installation with filmmaker Barbara Hammer, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Texas April 2019; exhibit designer, composer and performer

Immersive Film Installation with filmmaker Barbara Hammer, Wexner Center for the Arts,  Columbus, Ohio, May 2019; exhibit designer, composer and performer


The St Vincent’s Project, Novenas for a Lost Hospital, Rattlestick Theater; co-creator and performer with playwright Cusi Cram, dramaturge Guy Lancaster and artist James Scruggs

Sound Study, Soaking WET, West End Theater, with dancer/choreographer Jody Sperling and projection designer Sergey Pigach; composer and performer

Soundings, Barnard College Dance Department, with dancer/choreographer Jody Sperling; composer and performer

Nude Walk, visual musical score for Barbara Hammer’s Immersive Cinema Installation at the Whitney Museum, published by Inpatient Press, sold at the Berlinale

Duet for Cello and Film with Barbara Hammer filmmaker, Berlin Film Festival; composer and performer

Evidentiary Bodies, premier of Barbara Hammer’s film, Lesley-Lohman Museum; composer and performer



Creative Climate Awards, Human Impacts Institute, Taiwan Embassy on 42nd Street; exhibition designer

The Living Stage, Meltzer Garden, Lower East Side, in collaboration with Superhero Clubhouse, University Settlement and the University of Melbourne: urban, theater and landscape designer

Evidentiary Bodies by Barbara Hammer, Dreamlands: Immersive Cinema and Art Exhibit, Whitney Museum; installation designer, composer and performer



Founder and CEO, XDEA Architects


Principal, Diller Scofido + Renfro

Projects include: Charles James Exhibit at the Met, MoMA Expansion, The Shed, Zaryadye Park, Moscow, The Highline


Chief Operating Officer, Robert A.M. Stern Architects

Managed 350 person firm

Led efforts to open promotional offices in Beijing and Shanghai


Chief Operating Officer, Richard Meier & Partners Architects

Projects include: Residential Tower in Tel Aviv, 23 Houses in Bodrum, Turkey, House in Oxfordshire, New Palace for the Ruler of Dubai


Cornell University, Bachelor of Architecture

New York University, Master of Science in Real Estate Development and Investment

Licensed Architect in the State of New York


Trustee, The Lark Playwrights Theater, New York, NY

Trustee, PSE Healthy Energy, Environmental Research Institute, Oakland CA