Discorso with Architect Mark Lee


Discorso with Architect Mark Lee

Color photograph of a twenty-first century museum building at dusk or dawn, taken at ground level looking straight toward the boxy square light colored stone structure

The main entrance to the Menil Drawing Institute in Houston, Texas, designed by Johnston Marklee

The American Academy in Rome is pleased to invite you to a special lecture by the architect and 2017 Resident Mark Lee for the McKim & Morgan Society.

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 fifty 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. Other monographs include: 2G N.67, El Croquis N.198, and A+U N.614.

Lee has served as chair of the Architecture Department at the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) since 2018. He has taught at the GSD, 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.

Johnston Marklee’s projects are diverse in scale and type, spanning fourteen countries throughout North and South America, Europe, and Asia. Recent projects include the Menil Drawing Institute, on the campus of the Menil Collection in Houston, which opened in November 2018; a renovation of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, completed in September 2017; the new UCLA Margo Leavin Graduate Art Studios in Culver City; and the design of the new global headquarters for Dropbox in San Francisco. The firm’s work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Menil Collection, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Carnegie Museum of Art, and the Technical University of Munich’s Architecture Museum.

With his partner Sharon Johnston, Mark Lee was the artistic director for the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial.

You can watch the lecture live. Please register for Zoom in advance. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the event.

The McKim & Morgan Society is comprised of individuals who have made a commitment to the future of the American Academy in Rome by including the Academy in their estate plans and have provided gift documentation to the Academy.

Date & time
Monday, March 28, 2022
12:00 PM