Lindsay Johnston 教授來自愛爾蘭，在蘇格蘭修習建築。
他曾擔任愛爾蘭政府低成本住宅的技術顧問，以及世界銀行 (World Bank) 在沙烏地阿拉伯的顧問。
1986 年他接受澳洲紐卡索大學 (University ofNewcastle) 的邀請前往任教，
1986 年 Lindsay Johnston 教 授 接 受 澳 洲 紐 卡 索 大 學 (University of Newcastle) 的邀請前往任教，並移民澳洲，開始他的學術生涯。從1993 年到 2001 年間，他先後擔任該校建築系系主任以及建築學院院長。
在紐卡索大學教書期間，Lindsay Johnston 教授建築設計工作一直沒有間斷。他擅長設計低耗能的綠建築。在 1997 年，他所設計位於澳洲瓦塔甘山 (Watagan Mountain)「自主房屋 (autonomous house)」贏得澳洲皇家建築學會新南威爾斯分會的環境大獎；2000 年他設計位於瓦塔甘國家公園內的「生態小屋」(Eco‐Lodges) 又再度獲得澳洲皇家建築學會新南威爾斯的省長獎。
Lindsay Johnston 教授目前是紐卡索大學的客座教授，授課內容包括環境研究、建築生命周期、以及低耗能建築等等。Lindsay Johnston 教授目前是澳洲建築學會召集人，也是 Glenn Murcutt 國際建築大師訓練課程的主要籌備以及講師。
Lindsay Johnston grew up in Northern Ireland and studied architecture in Scotland. He worked in architectural practice in
London and Dublin and with the Irish Government Construction and Planning Research Institute. He ran his own architecture practice in Dublin for ten years and was winner of a number of architectural competitions and awards. His works included housing, commercial projects, restorations and interiors. He was a technical adviser to the Irish Government on Low Cost Housing and a Consultant with the World Bank in Saudi Arabia.
He emigrated to Australia in 1986 to take up an appointment at the University of Newcastle. There he was appointed Associate Professor in 1993 and was Head of the Department of Architecture from 1993 to 1997 and Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Design 2000‐2001.
He has continued architectural practice in parallel with his academic career and this has formed the basis of much of his research and teaching. He has been recipient of three awards from the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland for buildings in Australia. He has developed a specialisation in low energy and environmentally sustainable building design and received the 1997 Royal Australian Institute of Architects NSW Chapter Environment Award for his experimental ‘autonomous’ house in the Watagan Mountains and the 2000 RAIA NSW Premier’s Award for his environmental design of the Four Horizons Eco‐Lodges also in the Watagans National Park, both of which have been published internationally.
He continues to teach the Environmental Studies component of the undergraduate architecture program and is supervising postgraduate research students in areas including the application of life cycle analysis to the design of low energy buildings. He is principally responsible for the development of the annual International Architecture Master Class with Glenn Murcutt, Richard Leplastrier and Peter Stutchbury and the Master of Applied Management (Architecture) distance learning program.
Lindsay has been RAIA NSW and National Councillor, and Chair of the RAIA National Education Committee from 1996 to 1999 responsible for authoring the new RAIA Education Policy. He was recently Chair of the (British) Commonwealth Association of Architects International Architecture Course Accreditation Board. He is currently a member of the RAIA National Environment Committee. He has been a speaker at international conferences on architectural education and environmental sustainability. He is regular contributor on ESD to ‘Architectural Review Australia’ and has authored a chapter on Australia for a recent international book on ‘Green Architecture’.