Sharon Johnston

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Sharon Johnston
Visiting Lecturer, Architectural Design
M.Arch., Harvard University, Graduate School of Design
B.A., Stanford University
Johnston Marklee & Associates

Office: S-11 (by appointment)

Sharon Johnston, F.A.I.A., is a partner of Johnston Marklee & Associates, 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. Johnston Marklee’s design for the Menil Drawing Institute, in Houston, Texas, commenced construction in March 2015. The work of the firm has been featured in national and international media, including Abitare, Domus, Wallpaper*, Metropolis, Icon, Architectural Record, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, l’Architecture Aujourd’hui, and Mark Magazine. 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.
Sharon Johnston is an active participant in arts organizations including the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), the Lannan Foundation in Santa Fe, DEPART Foundation in Rome, and the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas. She is a board member of the U.C.L.A. University Elementary School, and has served on the board of the Los Angeles Chapter of the A.I.A. She has lectured widely on the issues of design in culture, and the boundaries between art and architecture. Sharon and partner Mark Lee are 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.  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.

Recent Courses
ARC 504: Architecture Design Studio (Spring 2015)