Sharon Johnston & Mark Lee: Too Fast to Live Too Young to Die

Sharon Johnston & Mark Lee: Too Fast to Live Too Young to Die

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Johnston Marklee’s diverse portfolio, led by principals Sharon Johnston andMark Lee, is unified by a singular conceptual approach to each project where the relationship between design and building technology are explored to create unique works of architecture.

While maintaining a deep commitment to architecture history and the discipline’s ongoing discourse, Johnston Marklee draws upon an extensive network of collaborators in related fields to broaden the breadth of design research, which has a particular focus on the arts.

The Los Angeles-based firm has developed a range of institutional, residential, and commercial commissions in the U.S., as well as in Argentina, Chile, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, and China since it was founded in 1998.

Current projects include The Menil Drawing Institute in Houston, Texas; a campus for the UCLA Graduate Art Program in Culver City, California; DEPART Foundation’s Poggio Golo winery in Montepulciano, Italy; Pavilion of Six Views, in Shanghai, China for the West Bund 2013: A Biennial of Architecture and Contemporary Art; and Chile House/META, a community arts center in Penco, Chile.

The firm has garnered many notable awards including Progressive Architecture Design Awards, AIA Los Angeles & AIA California Council Honor Awards, American Architecture Award, and an AR Award for Emerging Architecture.

Mark Lee, Principal, received his Bachelors in Architecture from University of Southern California and his Masters in Architecture from Harvard University. He has taught at the ETH in Zurich, UCLA in Los Angeles, and the Technical University of Berlin. Sharon Johnston, AIA, Principal, received her Bachelors in History from Stanford University and her Masters in Architecture from Harvard University, and she has taught at SCI-Arc and UCLA in Los Angeles. They have taught together at Rice University in Houston as the Cullinan Visiting Professor and currently they are Visiting Studio Professors at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University in Cambridge.


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