Art and the City

Session Title: Art and the City
Session Code: GSF0219
Date: Friday, October 18, 2019
Time: 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Sharon Johnston, FAIA, will present selections of current and past work from Johnston Marklee’s diverse portfolio, discussed in the context of art institutions and their relationship with the fabric and scale of cities. Sharon will explore the relationship of architecture and urbanism through case studies that demonstrate the integration of cultural projects, from workplace to performance space, into new buildings and adaptive reuse environments that are materially effective, structurally efficient, and programmatically flexible.

Johnston Marklee’s body of work is a model for breaking down boundaries between art and the public to design cultural institutions that engage communities from large scale events and exhibitions to more intimate spaces for social engagement and repose. Since its establishment in 1998, Johnston Marklee has been recognized nationally and internationally with over 30 major awards.

Featured keynote case studies include the recently completed Dropbox Headquarters (San Francisco), Green Line Arts Center (Chicago), Menil Drawing Institute (Houston), UCLA Margo Leavin Graduate Art Studios (Culver City), Miami Design District (Miami), and Grand Traiano Art Complex (Rome).

You will walk away from this general session with the insight to…

  • Evaluate a building program through community engagement and cultural participation.
  • Observe how mixed-use built environments can be anchored by artistic/cultural spaces to revitalize and regenerate communities.
  • Illustrate the ways cultural buildings have been woven into the fabric of cities.
  • Examine new construction techniques and materials that support programmatic flexibility and building longevity.

Content Leader:

Sharon Johnston, FAIA

Sharon Johnston, FAIA

Partner, Johnston Marklee & Associates Los Angeles, CA

About Sharon
Sharon Johnston, FAIA, is a partner of Johnston Marklee & Associates, based in Los Angeles. Sharon is Professor in Practice at the Harvard Graduate School of Design; has 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. Together with partner Mark Lee, Sharon was the Artistic Director of the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial.