Johnston Marklee's diverse portfolio, led by principals Sharon Johnston and Mark 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. Mark Lee will be discussing current and past work by the firm.


Mark Lee is a principal of Johnston Marklee & Associates. The Los Angeles-based firm has been engaged in a range of institutional, residential, and commercial commissions in the U.S., as well as in Argentina, Chile, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, and Italy since the office opened in 1998. Adopting an interdisciplinary design approach, the firm explores emergent design strategies and solutions for architecture and urbanism. Johnston Marklee has received several awards, including the 2002 and 2012 Progressive Architecture Design Award, the 2004, 2006, and 2011 AIA Los Angeles Honor Awards, the 2007 Merit Award from the AIA California Council, the 2007 American Architecture Award from the Chicago Athenaeum, the Honor Award from the Westside Urban Forum, and the Design Award Citation from the AIA Los Angeles. The firm received the Emerging Practice Award by the Los Angeles Chapter of the A.I.A in 2013 and was nominated for the Mies Prize in 2014.

Johnston Marklee’s design for the Menil Drawing Institute in Houston, Texas, commenced construction in March 2015. Notable projects include the U.C.L.A Graduate Studios in Culver City, California, the DEPART Art Foundation campus in Froffaferrata, Italy, and the West Bund Biennial Pavilion of Six Views in Shanghai, China. The collaborative work between the architecture of Johnston Marklee and the world of contemporary art has been the subject of the publication Later Layer. A forthcoming book, House is a House is a House is a House is a House, will be published by Birkhauser in 2016. A monograph on the work of Johnston Marklee, was published by 2G in 2014.

Combining his academic and design expertise, Mark Lee conducts speculative research based on critical reassessments of architectural and urban design history. Developing theories on the urban development and housing at border cities, culture-specific topological landscapes, and new design strategies in material form and technology, he has written and lectured widely on his research. With partner Sharon Johnston, Mark Lee is currently teaching a Design Studio at Princeton University’s School of Architecture and last fall they completed a multi-year studio at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. In 2013 the team taught at Rice University as the Cullinan Visiting Professors. Mark Lee has also taught at the Federal Institute of Technology (E.T.H.) in Zurich, at the Technical University of Berlin, and at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) from 1998 - 2008 where he has served also served as Vice Chair of the Department of Architecture and Urban Design.

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