Firm Profile

Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee are the founding partners of the architecture firm Johnston Marklee. They have taught at major universities including the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Princeton University, the University of California, Los Angeles, the Technical University of Berlin, and ETH Zurich. They have held the Cullinan Chair at Rice University and the Frank Gehry Chair at the University of Toronto.

Since its establishment in 1998 in Los Angeles, Johnston Marklee has been recognized nationally and internationally with awards and publications. To date, the firm has been awarded over 30 major awards, and a book on its work, entitled House Is a House Is a House Is a House Is a House, was published by Birkhauser in 2016. This followed a monograph on the firmís work, published in 2014 by 2G.

Projects undertaken by Johnston Marklee are diverse in scale and type, spanning seven countries throughout North and South America, Europe, and Asia. Current projects include the Menil Drawing Institute, on the campus of the Menil Collection, complete in September 2017; a renovation of the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, complete in the summer of 2017; and the new UCLA Graduate Art Studios campus in Culver City, California.

The firmís work has been exhibited internationally and is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Menil Collection, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Carnegie Museum of Art, and the Architecture Museum of TU Munich.

Johnston Marklee are the Artistic Directors for the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial.

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Awards

Calumet

First Honorable Mention (of 109 Entries) | Ford Calumet Environmental Center Competition, March, 2006

Chile House

Next LA Honor Award | A.I.A Los Angeles, October, 2011
P/A Award | ARCHITECT Magazine, February, 2012

En Sully

First Prize | En Sully Housing Competition on Lake Geneva, June, 2010

Generic Specificity

Nomination, Chernikov Prize 2010 | The Iakov Chernikhov International Foundation (ICIF), June, 2010

Helios House

Architectural Award | Metalmag, May, 2007
Design Award Citation | A.I.A. Los Angeles, June, 2007
Honor Award | Westside Urban Forum, June, 2007
2008 Notable Projects | Architype Review, March, 2008
Design Distinction in Environments | I.D. Annual Design Review, March, 2008
Best in Design Category | Clio Awards, May, 2008

Hill House

P/A Award | ARCHITECT Magazine, January, 2002
Next LA Honor Award | A.I.A. Los Angeles, November, 2004
Design Honor Award | A.I.A. Los Angeles, June, 2006
American Architecture Award | The Chicago Athenaeum, August, 2007
Merit Award | A.I.A. California Council, October, 2007

Hut House

Award of Excellence | A.I.A. Honolulu, August, 2015

Maison Martin Margiela

2008 Notable Projects | Architype Review, March, 2008
Design Award | Architectural Commission of the City of Beverly Hills, June, 2008

Mameg

2008 Notable Projects | Architype Review, March, 2008
Design Award | Architectural Commission of the City of Beverly Hills, June, 2008

Menil Drawing Institute

American Architecture Award | The Chicago Athenaeum, August, 2016
P/A Award | ARCHITECT Magazine, February, 2017

Palos Verdes Art Center

Second Place Award | PVAC International Competition, August, 2000

San Jose State University Museum of Art and Design

Honorable Mention | San Jose Museum of Art and Design International Competition, January, 2003

Vault House

Next LA Honor Award | A.I.A Los Angeles, October, 2011
Design Award Citation | A.I.A. Los Angeles, October, 2014
American Architecture Award | The Chicago Athenaeum, August, 2016

View House

Next LA Citiation Award | A.I.A. Los Angeles, November, 2004
Commendation | AR Awards for Emerging Architecture 2009, October, 2009
Premio Bienal de Arquitectura, Selected Project | XII Bienal Internacional de Arquitectura de Buenos Aires BA09, October, 2009
CICA Award, Silver Medal | XII Bienal Internacional de Arquitectura de Buenos Aires BA09, October, 2009
House of the Year, Shortlist | World Architecture News Awards, December, 2009
Consejo Profesional de Arquitectura y Urbanismo Award | Sociedad Central de Arquitectos, Argentina (among 300 projects), October, 2010
Merit Award | A.I.A. Los Angeles, October, 2011