Johanna attended the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Manitoba to earn a Bachelor of Interior Design in 1987. She secured her National Council for Interior Design Qualification accreditation in 1988 and is a long-standing member of the Association of Interior Designers of Ontario and the Interior Designers of Canada. In 1993 she joined McRobie Architects + Interior Designers Inc..
Johanna was drawn to interior design through her love of colour and an interest in how people interact within their environment. She cites nature as her design influence as it presents an ideal model from which to gain inspiration. Johanna describes how her skills are applied to her Interior Design projects:
I love to design our clients’ workplaces to be logical, efficient and fluid. I relish organizing and communicating our clients’ requirements. On corporate projects I become immersed in their company, how they work and how best to apply this knowledge to the design of their space.