2013 Spring Lecture Series: Johnston Marklee

Date: Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: Frio Street Bldg., Riklin Auditorium (FS 1.406), UTSA Downtown Campus

Free parking in UTSA Lot D-3, underneath I-35.
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Architect Sharon Johnston, AIA, co-founder of the Los Angeles firm Johnston Marklee, kicks off the CoA lecture series with a discussion of the firm's work. Johnston Marklee had a breakout year in 2012, having won the international commission for the new Menil Drawing Institute on the legendary Menil Collection campus in Houston. The firm topped an impressive shortlist of competitors to design the Menil Collection’s first major expansion since the campus’ public debut 25 years ago. Also vying for the commission were Tokyo-based Pritzker Prize-winners SANAA, the Mexico City firm of Tatiana Bilbao, and Menil master plan designers David Chipperfield Architects. The selection committee made a surprising, yet unanimous, choice in tapping up-and-comers Johnston Marklee for the design. The decision boosted the young L.A. firm to breakout status, and many have noted the parallel in Dominique de Menil’s inspired selection of Renzo Piano to design the museum’s flagship building as his first American commission early in his career.

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Event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Nicole Chavez at nicole.chavez@utsa.edu or (210) 458-3121.