Our Team

Hutch Johnson

Hutch Johnson has had a passion for design since he was 5 years old. Drawing inspiration from everything and everyone around him, he decided to make a career of it.Hutch graduated cum laude from the School of Design at North Carolina State University in 1980 with a Bachelor of Environmental Design in Architecture. He went on to complete a professional degree with a Bachelor of Architecture from the School of Design in 1984. He established WHJ Design, Inc., in 1988.Specializing in Residential Design, Hutch’s approach to any project is client-centered. He makes it a priority to listen to individual wants and needs, and finds a way to best incorporate them into an immensely creative, practical and aesthetically pleasing design. Always happy to offer advice, Hutch makes sure he’s meeting the goals of his client rather than his own.Hutch has never met a project he couldn’t tackle. Hutch’s broad vision allows him to work with a large spectrum of client personalities and tastes, with any budget, on projects from a front door to a unique horse barn to a 15,000 square foot home.While the majority of work he does is in North Carolina, Hutch has also worked on many projects up and down the east coast, from Florida to the coast of Maine. He’s always willing to work on projects at any location, on any terrain — from the mountains to the coast and the flatland in between.

Community Involvement

  • Current Member of Blowing Rock, NC Chamber of Commerce
  • Current Member of Downtown Durham Rotary Association
  • Current Member of the Home Builders Association of Durham, Orange & Chatham Counties
  • Former Member of Blair Academy Parents’ Council
  • Former Member of Hope Valley Country Club Building Committee
  • Former Member of Eckerd College Parent’s Council
  • Former Board Member of Durham Academy Trustees
  • Former Chair of Building & Grounds for Durham Academy
  • Former President of Durham Academy Alumni Association
  • Former Member of Elon University Board of Visitors