Sharon Johnston & Mark Lee
Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee are the founding partners of the Los Angeles–based architecture firm Johnston Marklee. A firm with a global reach, they have completed projects in the United States, Europe, and South America, including cultural centers and galleries, master planning, commercial spaces, private residences, pavilions, and installation design. An alternative to Los Angeles’ history of extravagant architecture, their style was described in W Magazine as “thoughtful, deliberate, and intent on solving architectural riddles in an elegant and comfortable way.”
Johnston and Lee are currently working on the Drawing Institute at the Menil Collection in Houston—one of their most significant commissions to date—a renovation of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, and the new UCLA Graduate Art Studios campus in Culver City. They are also the artistic directors for the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial.
In Los Angeles, Johnston and Lee will participate in the conversation “Liquid Architecture” with the Los Angeles Times architecture critic and 2016 Resident Christopher Hawthorne, as well as composer and 2007 Fellow Andrew Norman. In 2016 Birkhauser published the book House Is a House Is a House Is a House Is a House on the firm’s work, and in 2014 2G published a monograph on Johnston Marklee.