Earlier this summer I sat down with Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee to discuss their practice, Johnston Marklee, in front of a live audience at this year's LA Design Festival. We discuss the origin of their practice, their relationship to LA, the eclectic group of collaborators they have worked with over the years, and their unique approach to telling the story of their work in their recently published monograph.
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Recorded: March 1, 2007
This interview with Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee was conducted by journalist Andrew Blum and recorded on the evening of their Emerging Voices lecture.
The Architectural League created the annual Emerging Voices lecture series in 1982 to recognize and encourage architects who are beginning to achieve prominence in the profession. Now celebrating its 25th anniversary, the series focuses primarily on built work, at a variety of scales, and is structured to reflect the diversity of contemporary practice–geographically, stylistically, and ideologically. More information is available at http://www.archleague.org
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Dean Amale Andraos speaks with Mark Lee of Johnston Marklee on the occasion of his lecture in GSAPP’s Arguments series in July 2017. Lee is co-curator with Sharon Johnston of the Chicago Architecture Biennial opening on September 15, 2017. In this podcast they discuss the biennial’s theme “Make New History” and the role of books in contemporary architectural practice.
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Luisa Lambri is an artist currently based in Milan. For nearly two decades, Lambri has examined the relationship between space and the human experience through the medium of photography. Her early work expressed a desire to depict constructed spaces in non-figurative ways and to highlight architectural details that in their form suggest abstraction. As a result, many of her photographs are situated in a place between representation and abstraction and can be understood as a perpetual reconsideration of space and its effects on human life. For many years an investigation into the history of Modernist architecture, especially private residencies, was of particular interest to the Lambri.
The photographs from this early period rarely presented a building with the intent of objective representation but rather tried to subvert and deconstruct the authority of many of the 20th century's most iconic buildings through a process of abstraction. In these photographs, Lambri focused on details such as doors, windows or staircases as conduits between the inside and the outside and as possibilities for movement. The concentration on details like ceilings, floors, windows or wall patterns resulted in abstract images that often make it impossible to say where a photograph was taken, which building the artist worked in or what architect designed it.
The artist repeatedly stated that these earlier works could be understood as self-portraits devoid of her physical presence exploring female identity within spaces mostly constructed by men. Over the last decade, Lambri’s interest in structures and spaces has broken from the confines of architecture as she started to look at other practitioners in the field of the visual arts who were similarly intrigued by space and abstraction. Her photographs of works by artists connected to Minimalism and the Light and Space movement as well as Latin American abstraction, particularly Neo-Concretism, have occupied her practice and taken the work away from only exploring architecture to a wider consideration of form, space and abstraction. While minimal and reductive in style the photographs are highly personal and interrogate, in equal parts, our physical and psychological existence as humans.
For this event, Lambri will present an overview of her work, with particular attention to her investigations of geometric and organic abstraction. Mark Lee, principal of Johnston Marklee & Associates and co-Artistic Director of the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial, will introduce Lambri–a participant in the Biennial–and they will engage in a conversation following Lambri's lecture. Luisa Lambri was born in 1969 in Como, Italy, and currently lives in Milan. Her solo exhibitions include presentations at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston; the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; the Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore; the Menil Collection, Houston and the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh among many others. In 1999 she was awarded the Golden Lion at the 48th Venice Art Biennial for her presentation in the Italian Pavilion.
Mark Lee (MArch '95) is a principal and founding partner of the Los Angeles-based architecture firm Johnston Marklee. Since its establishment in 1998, Johnston Marklee has been recognized nationally and internationally with over 30 major awards. A book on the work of the firm, 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 firm’s work, published in 2014 by 2G. Mark has taught at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Princeton University, the University of California, Los Angeles, the Technical University of Berlin, and ETH Zurich. He has held the Cullinan Chair at Rice University and the Frank Gehry International Chair at the University of Toronto. The firm’s work 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. Together with partner Sharon Johnston (MArch '95), Mark Lee is the Artistic Director of the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial.
Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee speak with Amale Andraos in this first of six conversations recorded live at the conference Making Books Now on September 15, 2017. The conference was co-organized by Columbia GSAPP and the Chicago Architecture Biennial on the occasion of the Biennial’s opening at the Chicago Cultural Center, and was hosted by GSAPP’s Director of Publications, James Graham.
Amale Andraos, co-founder of WORKac with Dan Wood, and Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee, co-founders of JohnstonMarklee, speak with one another about their respective books, We’ll Get There When We Cross That Bridge (Monacelli, 2017), and House is a House is a House is a House is a House (Birkhäuser, 2016). Andraos is Dean of Columbia GSAPP, and Johnston and Lee served as curators of the Chicago Architecture Biennial.
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At a moment of dissolution in design, technique is all an architect can grasp. Techniques occupy a beautifully indeterminate void on the fault line between theory and practice. Spared of reductive allegiance to either, design techniques are uniquely powerful. A technique may disrupt, innovate, communicate, or surprise. At the same time, techniques stand as silent markers of membership—opaque envelops delimiting communities of colleagues.
This symposium, the first event in the series "All that is solid...," interrogates the motivations, instruments, influences, justifications, effects, and origins of contemporary design techniques. Ultimately technique is how novelty manifests itself in architecture, expanding and advancing the inner core of our discipline. Introduction by Iñaki Abalos, with presentations by: Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee, Johnston Marklee & Associates, Los Angeles, California, Harvard GSD Design Critic in Architecture Jeannette Kuo, Karamuk Kuo Architekten, Zurich, Switzerland Philippe Rahm, Philippe Rahm Architectes, Paris, France, Harvard GSD Design Critic in Architecture Camilo Restrepo Ochoa, Camilo Restrepo Arquitectos, Medellin, Colombia, Harvard GSD Design Critic in Architecture Responses and panel discussion moderated by: Neil Leach, European Graduate School Professor, University of Southern California Adjunct Professor, NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts Fellow, Harvard GSD Visiting Professor in Architecture Carles Muro, architects Barcelona, Harvard GSD Design Critic in Architecture and Urban Design Supported by the Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities
The work of Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee (both MArch '95), design critics in architecture and principals of Los Angeles-based Johnston Marklee, is widely published and exhibited and focuses mainly on the arts. Current projects include a studio campus for the UCLA Graduate Art Program in Culver City; an art campus for DEPART Foundation in Grottaferrata, Italy; and a community arts center in Penco, Chile, for the Chilean government. Johnston Marklee has won Progressive Architecture Design Awards, AIA Los Angeles & AIA California Council Honor Awards, American Architecture Award, and an AR Award for Emerging Architecture.
Mark Lee discusses the influence of John Hejduk’s project Victims (1984) on the work of his firm, Johnston Marklee.
“1:1” (1 architect, 1 building) is a series that presents an in-depth look at a building through a contemporary architect’s perspective.
For more: https://www.cca.qc.ca/en/events/38146/11-mark-lee-on-john-hejduk
Mark Lee examine l’influence qu’a eu le projet « Victims » (1984) de John Hejduk sur les travaux de sa firme, Johnston Marklee.
La série « 1:1 » (1 architecte, 1 édifice) présente un regard approfondi sur un édifice à travers le point de vue d’un architecte contemporain.
En savoir plus : https://www.cca.qc.ca/fr/evenements/38146/11-mark-lee-sur-john-hejduk
Monday, March 28, 2016 6:30pm
Architecture and the Ecology of Objects
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.
A.UD Lecture Series
Monday, April 2, 2012
Mark Lee and Sharon Johnston are the principals of Johnston Marklee & Associates.
Born in Hong Kong, Mark Lee studied architecture at the University of Southern California and Harvard University. Sharon Johnston was born in Santa Monica and studied history and art history at Stanford University, where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree. After studying at the Architecture Association in London and working with Norman Foster and Richard Meier, she attended Harvard University and received her Master of Architecture degree. Since its founding in 1998 Johnston Marklee's diverse portfolio has been unified by a singular conceptual approach to each particular project. While maintaining a deep commitment to architectural history as well as the discipline's ongoing discourse, Johnston Marklee's design process accommodates the respective knowledge and influence of collaborations with contemporary artists, writers, photographers and sculptors, bringing multiple layers of expertise to each project.
UCLA Architecture and Urban Design 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial participants: Erin Besler, Sarah Hearne, Wonne Ickx, Andrew Kovacs, Jimenez Lai, and Sylvia Lavin with 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial creative directors Mark Lee and Sharon Johnston, and principals, JohnstonMarkLee, Los Angeles. Moderated by Michael Osman, Associate Professor, UCLA Architecture and Urban Design
The 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial showcased the work of more than 140 participants, inspired by the topic to ‘Make New History.’ One binding interest of the UCLA Architecture and Urban Design participants was the medium of the model. Whereas the model is often taken as a technique for design, localized in the architect’s studio or workshop, the models created by AUD faculty deviated from that singular purpose. Some were models of models, other were models of photographs, and still others were models of existing buildings transformed into concepts. This roundtable event will discuss these commonalities and the relationship of the participants’ work to the Biennial theme.
UCLA Architecture and Urban Design's 2017-18 public lecture series "This, Not That" invites thought-provoking speakers to present arguments for their respective positions, or ideological stances, toward the design of the built environment. Their arguments will be supported by presentations of their creative efforts in research, pedagogy or professional practice. This series stages an ongoing debate around the shifting perspectives that frame creative practice.
0:05 - Introduction by Dean Richard Sommer
8:00 - Mark Lee presentation
36:20 - Sharon Johnston presentation
50:10 - Michelle Addington presentation
1:23:45 - Moderated discussion
On November 3, 2016, Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee of the Los Angeles-based firm Johnston Marklee presented the 2016-2017 Frank Gehry International Visiting Chair in Architectural Design lecture. They were joined by Michelle Addington, Hines Professor of Sustainable Architectural Design at the Yale School of Architecture, and a panel discussion was moderated by Associate Professor Robert Levit, Director of the Master of Architecture Program at the Daniels Faculty.
Each year, the Gehry Chair teaches a graduate studio and delivers a public lecture at the Daniels Faculty. The chair was established in November 2000, and is named for the Toronto-born designer of the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, the Experience Music Project in Seattle and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. "When do looks matter more than performance?" explored the dynamic between aesthetics and metrics in the built environment. How can the presumed obverse relationship between design and building technology be viewed more strategically? To what extent does the choice of either mask architecture’s political agency?
Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee are the founding partners of Johnston Marklee. Since its establishment in 1998 in Los Angeles, Johnston Marklee has been recognized nationally and internationally with awards and publications. To date, the office has been awarded over 30 major awards. A book on the work of Johnston Marklee entitled, House is a House is a House is a House is a House, was published by Birkhauser in 2016, which followed a monograph on the firm’s work, published in 2014 by 2G. The partners have taught at major universities including the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Princeton University, UCLA, 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.
Projects undertaken 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 work of the firm has been exhibited internationally and is in the permanent collection of Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Menil Collection, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Carnegie Museum of Art, and the Architecture Museum of TU Munich. Johnston and Lee were appointed Artistic Directors of the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial, following the firm’s participation in the inaugural biennial in 2015.
Michelle Addington, Hines Professor of Sustainable Architectural Design at Yale University School of Architecture, is educated as both an architect and engineer whose teaching and research explore energy systems, advanced materials and new technologies. Building on her dissertation research on the discrete control of boundary layer heat transfer using micro-machines, she has extended her work to defining the strategic relationships between the differing scales of energy phenomena and the possible actions from the domain of building construction. Her articles and chapters on energy, system design, HVAC, lighting and advanced materials have appeared in several journals, books and reference volumes, and she co-authored a book titled “Smart Materials and Technologies for the Architecture and Design Professions,” and just recently published ”Emerging Technologies.” Addington previously taught at Harvard University for ten years before coming to Yale in 2006. Her engineering background includes work at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, where she developed structural data for composite materials and designed components for unmanned spacecraft, and she spent a decade at Dupont as a process design and power plant engineer as well as a manufacturing supervisor. In 2009, Architect magazine selected her as one of the country’s top ten faculty in architecture.
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