Johnston Marklee, founded by partners Sharon Johnston, F.A.I.A., and Mark Lee in 1998, 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. Each of Johnston Marklee’s projects, which span seven countries throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia, is a unique response to a specific site, through buildings that define ‘place,’ while remaining in dialogue with the larger context of the city and architectural history. Since founding Johnston Marklee, Johnston and Lee have forged a leading role in the discourse surrounding the role of architecture in contemporary culture, eliciting design collaborations with distinguished museums, foundations, artists and educators around the world. The firm has garnered many awards, notably the Progressive Architecture Design Award, the American Architecture Award, and Emerging Practice Award by the Los Angeles Chapter of the A.I.A.. 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 work of Johnston Marklee, published by 2G in 2014.
Lee and Johnston have taught and lectured widely on their work and research. The team recently taught a design studio at Princeton University’s School of Architecture, and in fall of 2015, they completed a multi-year studio at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. In the fall of 2016, Sharon and Mark hold the Frank Gehry International Visiting Chair in Architectural Design at the University of Toronto.
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.
Jonathan Olivares practices in the fields of industrial, spatial and communication design. His designs engage a legacy of form and technology, and ask to be used rather than observed. Recent projects include the Aluminum Bench, for Zahner (2015); the Vitra Workspace, an office furniture showroom and learning environment for Vitra (2015); the exhibition Source Material, curated with Jasper Morrison and Marco Velardi (2014); and the Olivares Aluminum Chair, for Knoll (2012). Olivares’ work has been published internationally, granted several design awards — including Italy’s Compasso d'Oro — and supported by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.
Based in Los Angeles, all three collaborators have taught at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design.
Olivares was born in Boston in 1981 and graduated from Pratt Institute. He is also a visiting professor at ECAL in Lausanne, Switzerland.