JML's Chile House featured in Building Optimism Exhibition

Carnegie Museum of Art

Building Optimism: Public Space in South America
The Heinz Architectural Center, Carnegie Museum of Art

September 10, 2016–February 13, 2017 + summer 2016 micro-show

In recent years, ambitious design for urban life in South America has shown a radical optimism—a belief that planning can strengthen neighborhoods and improve lives.

Spanning projects in Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Paraguay, Peru, and Venezuela, Building Optimism: Public Space in South America investigates ways that emerging architects and designers instigate change through design

For more information, visit link below.

Mark Lee at Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA)


1:1: Mark Lee on John Hejduk
Victims, Islands and Archipelagos

Thursday, September 8, 2016
6:00 pm
Paul Desmarais Theatre
1920 Rue Baile, Montréal

Mark Lee discusses the influence of John Hejduk’s project Victims (1984) on the work of Johnston Marklee.

Sharon Johnston + Rita McBride at Seattle Art Fair

Seattle Art Fair

Friday, August 5 | 12:00pm
CenturyLink Field Event Center (Seattle Art Fair Theater)
800 Occidental Ave S, Seattle, WA 98134

Los Angeles-based architect Sharon Johnston and Dusseldorf-based artist Rita McBride gather to discuss their recent projects and the many points of intersection between art and architecture.

Sharon Johnston, F.A.I.A., is a partner of Johnston Marklee, based in Los Angeles. Founded in 1998, the firm has been engaged in a range of international projects of divergent scales and programs. Johnston Marklee’s commitment to creative environments for the arts and education, developed in collaboration with artists, educators and curators, defines the firm’s leading voice in the discourse surrounding the role of architecture in contemporary culture. A HOUSE IS A HOUSE IS A HOUSE IS A HOUSE IS A HOUSE: Architectures and Collaborations of Johnston Marklee, is now available through Birkhäuser.

Since the 1980s, Rita McBride’s oeuvre has dealt with the characteristics of and intersections between industrial design, minimalist sculpture, modernist architecture, public spaces, and the gaps they generate. She is the Director of the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, as well as a profes-sor of sculpture. Her works have been shown in solo exhibitions at the Wiener Secession (2000), the Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach (2008), and the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (2014).

For information on Seattle Art Fair, visit website below.

Conversation and Book Signing at Arcana Books

Reto Geiser

A Conversation and Book Signing with
Sharon Johnston, Mark Lee, and Veronika Kellndorfer

Saturday, July 9th, 4:00 - 6:00 PM
Arcana: Books on the Arts
8675 Washington Boulevard
Culver City, California 90232

Johnston Marklee partners Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee will address the architectural firm’s design process and engagement with contemporary art practices in conversation with artist Veronika Kellndorfer, one of the collaborators on their new monograph, HOUSE IS A HOUSE IS A HOUSE IS A HOUSE IS A HOUSE. The talk will be followed by a book signing.

Johnston Marklee
Founded by partners Sharon Johnston, F.A.I.A. and Mark Lee in 1998, Johnston Marklee is internationally recognized for its diverse portfolio of architecture, engaging the physical and cultural circumstances of each project through a precise synthesis of structural form, materiality, and atmospheric light. The work of the firm pays tribute to a specific Southern Californian interpretation of modernism, and at the same time operates at the intersection of a global and local dialogue. Since founding Johnston Marklee, Johnston and Lee have forged a leading role in the cultural discourse around contemporary art and architecture, eliciting design collaborations with distinguished museums, foundations, and artists around the world. Complementing this far-reaching network, the firm’s work is recognized for being deeply rooted in the history and foundations of the discipline.

Veronika Kellndorfer
Originally through painting and more recently through photography, Veronika Kellndorfer has been concerned with the physical and social construction of space. In her recent body of work, Kellndorfer photographed classic modernist architectural landmarks in Los Angeles including the only house built by Oscar Niemeyer in the United States, Rudolph Schindler’s Lovell Beach House, John Lautner’s Silvertop home in Silver Lake, and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Freeman House, among others. Yet, rather than capturing the iconic wide-angle views of these famously photographed homes, Kellndorfer focuses on the intimate details of windows and reflections and how they reveal the ephemeral nature of seeing, as well as the subjectivity of space. This ambiguity of space is heightened by the artist’s use of highly reflective glass panels that are often life-sized, and when displayed in a public setting, museum or gallery, invites the viewer to experience his or her own subjective surroundings.

Her exhibition Tropical Modernism: Lina Bo Bardi will be on view at Christopher Grimes Gallery from July 8th through September 2nd, 2016.

If you cannot attend but wish to purchase a signed copy of HOUSE IS A HOUSE IS A HOUSE IS A HOUSE IS A HOUSE please place your online following the link below by 12:00 noon on Saturday July 9th, or call Arcana Books at 310-458-1499.

Mark Lee Book Signing and Talk at Design Miami/ Basel 2016

Design Miami/

Johnston Marklee partner Mark Lee addresses the firm’s design process and engagement with contemporary art practices in a conversation with artists Marianne Mueller and Walead Beshty along with Reto Geiser, editor of their recent monograph HOUSE IS A HOUSE IS A HOUSE IS A HOUSE IS A HOUSE:
Architectures and Collaborations of Johnston Marklee.

The talk will be followed by a signing of the book.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

For more information on the event, see link below.

Book Published on the work of Johnston Marklee, June 2016

Reto Geiser

Architectures and Collaborations of Johnston Marklee

Reto Geiser, Editor
Birkhäuser, Publisher

HOUSE IS A HOUSE.... is the first book to document the approach of Los Angeles-based architects Johnston Marklee. Created in dialogue with a group of international artists and architectural critics, this selection of five residential projects and thematic conversations reflects a decade of Johnston Marklee’s architectural explorations and their position within architectural discourse.

With contribution by: Walead Beshty, BLESS, Livia Corona, Veronika Kellndorfer, Luisa Lambri, Sylvia Lavin, Mark Lee, Marianne Mueller, Jack Pierson, Raymund Ryan, Philip Ursprung, Nicolas Valentini, James Welling, and Sarah Whiting

For a look at the book, visit link below for a short video by Reto Geiser.

Johnston Marklee Designs Concept for new Green Line Arts Center in Chicago

Johnston Marklee

Johnston Marklee is designing the concept for the new Green Line Arts Center in the historic Washington Park neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago. The new facility is the next major phase of expansion of the Arts Block, a neighborhood cultural development project led by artist/faculty member Theaster Gates and his team at the University of Chicago Arts + Public Life (APL).

The Center will provide new performance, workshop, and exhibition spaces where important works of art are made and vital skills are shared to help all artists excel.

For more information, see full article from Chicago Tribune.

Sharon Johnston at Architectural Record Innovation Conference

Architectural Record

Architectural Record Innovation Conference
Architecture and Making in the Post-Digital Age

Wednesday, June 8, 2016
Mission Bay Conference Center
San Francisco, CA

at 4:00pm.

For more details and registration information, please visit the website.

UCLA Art School plans expansion - designed by Johnston Marklee

LA Times

UCLA School of the Arts & Architecture plans to build studio complex designed by Johnston Marklee.

See link for full article by Christopher Knight, L.A. Times

Mark Lee at University of Nebraska - Lincoln

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Mark Lee will participate in the Hyde Lecture Series at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln, College of Architecture.

Friday, April 15, 2016
Sheldon Museum of Art, Ethel S. Abbott Auditorium

Lecture is open to the public.

Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee Lecture at Columbia University

Columbia University

Johnston Marklee Lecture at Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation

Architecture and the Ecology of Objects
Monday, March 28, 2016
Wood Auditorium

Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee
Response by Dean Amale Andraos

Since its founding in 1998, Johnston Marklee\'s diverse portfolio has been 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. Principals Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee’s approach to projects, varying in scale from master plans to buildings and temporary installations, distills the inherent complexity of each project into coherent solutions. Johnston Marklee has a substantial architectural portfolio including residential, commercial, institutional, and exhibition environments with a particular focus on the arts.

Free and open to the public.
AIA Credit: 1

Exhibition Design for Jim Welling at David Zwirner Gallery NY

Jim Welling

Garage doors open at the David Zwirner Gallery in NY showing Choreograph, an installation by Jim Welling where we collaborated with the exhibit design.

The show will run through January 16, 2016.

Mark Lee at Postmodern Procedures

Princeton University

Organized by Sylvia Lavin, Postmodern Procedures conference will take place at Betts Auditorium, Princeton University on December 4th & 5th.

The purpose of the conference is to first discuss the specific aspects of architectural production under postmodernism to then place these procedures and discuss them in terms of emerging architectural concerns.

Mark Lee, Amale Andraos, and James Wines will take part on the discussion on DEFORMING, December 5th from 9am - 11 am

Design Miami

Design Miami

On December 2, at the Design Talks Studio at Design Miami 2015, Harvard Graduate School of Design Dean, Mohsen Mostafavi and Mark Lee will address modes of imagination, speculation, and conjecture throughout the design process, as well as the significance of the unbuilt.

Mark Lee and Martino Stierli at From The Vault

The Museum of Modern Art

Mark Lee & Martino Stierli, The Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design at The Museum of Modern Art at From the Vault: Contemporary Voices on the Architecture and Design Collection at MoMA

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