Sharon Johnston, FAIA, is a partner of Johnston Marklee, based in Los Angeles. Currently Professor in Practice at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Sharon has also taught at Princeton University and the University of California, Los Angeles; and has held the Cullinan Chair at Rice University and the Frank Gehry International Chair at the University of Toronto.
Since its establishment in 1998, Johnston Marklee has been recognized internationally with over 40 major honors and 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; and monographs include 2G N. 67 (2014) and El Croquis N. 198 (2019). Sharon was awarded the 2019 New Generation Leader honor by Architectural Record’s Women in Architecture Design Leadership program.
Projects undertaken by Johnston Marklee are diverse in scale and type, spanning thirteen countries throughout North and South America, Europe, and Asia. Recent projects by Johnston Marklee include the Menil Drawing Institute in Houston, Texas; a renovation of the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; the design of the new Dropbox global headquarters in San Francisco, California; and the new UCLA Margo Leavin Graduate Art Studios campus in Culver City, California.
The firm’s work resides 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 Mark Lee, Sharon was the Co-Artistic Director of the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial.