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Mark Lee: House Is a House Is a House Is a House Is a House

Tue, Jul 25, 2017    6pm

Lecture by Mark Lee, partner of Johnston Marklee discussing their book, House Is A House Is A House Is A House Is A House: Architectures and Collaborations of Johnston Marklee.

This book brings together the work of the Los Angeles based architectural workshop Johnston Marklee since its founding in 1998. Unified by a conceptual approach to each project, the firm’s work is recognized internationally for its engagement with contemporary art practices while being deeply rooted in the history and foundations of the discipline. Reflecting on Johnston Marklee’s design process in drawing upon an extensive network of experts in related fields, the book is structured along seven conversations and seven artist interpretations of Johnston Marklee’s buildings and projects. A comprehensive list of work illustrated with small photographs and diagrams will conclude this monograph.

Mark Lee 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.

Lee 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, Mark Lee is the Artistic Director for the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial. 

Part of the Arguments Lecture Series organized by the M.S. Advanced Architectural Design program.