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Coral Courts Lecture: Sharon Johnston

October 7, 2013
6p Reception, 6:30p Lecture
Steinberg Auditorium

Sharon Johnston is a principal of Johnston Marklee & Associates based in Los Angeles. Founded in 1998, the firm has been engaged in a range of international projects of divergent scales and uses. The work has been featured in national and international media, including Abitare, Domus, Wallpaper*, Metropolis, Icon, Architectural Record, The New York Times Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, l'Architecture Aujourd'hui, Mark Magazine, the Discovery Channel, and KCRW Radio. The collaborative work between the architecture of Johnston Marklee and the world of contemporary art was the subject of the publication Later Layer, as well as the forthcoming book House is a House is a House is a House is a House. Another monograph on the work of Johnston Marklee, published by 2G, is due out this fall.

Johnston is an active participant in arts organizations including the Museum of Contemporary Art , Los Angeles (MOCA), the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), the Lannan Foundation in Santa Fe, DEPART Foundation in Rome, and the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas. She is a board member of UCLA Laboratory Elementary School, and has served on the board of the Los Angeles Chapter of the AIA and LA>< Art in Los Angeles. She has lectured widely on the issues of design and the boundaries between art and architecture, including lectures at the Architectural League of New York; the Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design;University of California, Berkeley; Syracuse University; Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She has taught at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), SCI-Arc, and Rice University (as the Cullinan Visiting Professor).

Coral Courts Lecture

The Coral Courts Lecture highlights outstanding architecture practitioners from across the United States and abroad. The lecture is named in honor of the Coral Courts Motel, a now-demolished Streamlined Moderne motor court formerly located in St. Louis along Route 66. Past Coral Courts Lecturers have included Ricardo Legoretta, Rafael Vitoly, Marlon Blackwell, Rick Joy, Billie Tsien, Julie Snow, Carlos Jimenez, Wendell Burnette, J. Meejin Yoon, Jeanne Gang, Francis Kéré, Gregg Pasquarelli, Brigitte Shim, Tatiana Bilbao, and Georgeen Theodore.