Since its founding in 1998 Johnston Marklee's diverse portfolio has been unified by a conceptual approach to each project. Rather than adhere to a signature style, the intricate relations between design and building technology are explored to create unique and vital works of architecture. JML's innovative design process includes frequent collaborations with contemporary artists, writers, photographers and sculptors, bringing multiple layers of expertise to each project.
Featured extensively in national and international media, the repertoire of Johnston Marklee include the exhibition designs of nano at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Kaikai Kiki Merchandise Room of ©Murakami at the Museum of Contemporary Art; the structurally innovative Hill House in Pacific Palisades, CA; the color-specific Sale House in Venice, CA; the conjoined boutiques of Mameg and Maison Martin Margiela in Beverly Hills, CA; and the Writers-in-Residence Studies for the Lannan Foundation in Marfa, TX. Current projects include the Grand Traiano Art Complex in Grottaferrata, Italy; the View House in Rosario, Argentina, the Verdant Hills Hotel Villas in Jixian, China; and a Villa for the international ORDOS 100 project in Ordos, Inner Mongolia.
The firm has garnered several awards including the 2002 Progressive Architecture Design Award, the 2004 and 2006 AIA Los Angeles Honor Awards, the 2007 Merit Award from the AIA California Council, the 2007 American Architecture Award from the Chicago Athenaeum, the Honor Award from the Westside Urban Forum, the Design Award Citation from the AIA Los Angeles and P/A Awards from Architecture Magazine.
Mark Lee is a founder and Principal of Johnston Marklee. Mark shapes Johnston Marklee's collaborations with advanced research teams composed of innovative thinkers and designers from professional and academic disciplines. Possessing a prodigious knowledge of both architectural history and contemporary discourse, Mark directs design teams that maintain a critical edge while striving for efficiency and precision in production. Mark's expertise and immersion in both historical and contemporary construction methods and building practices has contributed to an award-winning, internationally exhibited body of work.
Mark has written and lectured widely on his research regarding culture specific landscapes and new strategies in material form and technology. Mr. Lee has been invited as a visiting critic at Harvard University, Princeton University, Cornell University, University of Michigan, UCLA, and SCI-Arc.
Mark is a graduate of the University of Southern California where he earned a B.A. in Architecture. He earned his second architectural degree [M. Arch II] at the Harvard DesignSchool (GSD).
Sharon Johnston is a founder and Principal of Johnston Marklee, an architectural practice operating at the forefront of the profession providing design and consultation services for residential, institutional, and commercial development clients and partners. Employing her wide- ranging knowledge of diverse architectural practices, Sharon builds and directs distinguished collaborative teams tailored to the specific needs of each client. She works with artists, fabricators, and consulting engineers to customize and integrate formal, material, and component- building systems into distinctive architectural solutions. In addition, Sharon spearheads Johnston Marklee's engagement with sustainable design, incorporating environmentally friendly building systems, materials, and construction techniques into the firm's cutting edge design solutions.
Sharon is a graduate of Stanford University where she earned a B.A. in History & Art History. She earned her architectural degree at Harvard Design School (GSD).