CAMBRIDGE, MA–The Harvard University Graduate School of Design announced three appointments to the position of Professor in Practice of Architecture: Jeanne Gang , Sharon Johnston, and Mark Lee, effective July 1, 2018.
Mohsen Mostafavi, Dean and Alexander and Victoria Wiley Professor of Design at the GSD, commented: “We are incredibly pleased to welcome Jeanne, Sharon, and Mark, who will make a great contribution not only to the Department of Architecture, but also to the whole School, with the vast wealth of experience, leadership, and vision they bring.” He continued, “Students in particular will benefit from the opportunity to learn from architects whose practices are at the same time thriving and operating globally at a very high level.”
Prior to commencing their faculty appointments, the three architects also will be teaching option studios at the GSD this spring.
Jeanne Gang is the founding principal of Studio Gang, an international architecture and urban design practice is based in Chicago, New York, and San Francisco. Her analytical and deeply interdisciplinary approach has produced award-winning projects across scales and typologies, from cultural and public buildings to urban parks and high-rise towers. Professor Gang’s projects include Writers Theatre and the 82-story Aqua Tower in Chicago. She is currently designing major projects throughout the Americas and Europe. These include an expansion to the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, and the new United States Embassy in Brasília, Brazil. Professor Gang received a Master in Architecture with Distinction from the GSD in 1993, has taught at the GSD as Design Critic in Architecture since 2011, and was the John Portman Design Critic in Architecture in 2017.
Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee are founders and principals of Johnston Marklee, established in 1998. Projects undertaken by Johnston Marklee span seven countries throughout North and South America, Europe, and Asia. Current projects include the renovation of the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, which opened in September 2017; the new UCLA Graduate Art Studios campus in Culver City, California; and the Menil Drawing Institute in Houston, to be completed in 2018. They also served as Co-Artistic Directors of the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial, and participated in the GSD’s symposium at the Biennial last September. Professors Johnston and Lee each earned a Master in Architecture from the GSD in 1995.
Prior to their appointment as Professors in Practice at the GSD, Johnston and Lee have taught at several other schools. Johnston previously held the position of Frank Gehry Chair at the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto, and Cullinan Guest Professor at Rice University School of Architecture. Lee has held the position of Frank Gehry Chair at the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto, and Cullinan Guest Professor at Rice University School of Architecture, in addition to appointments at ETH (Zurich) and UCLA. Johnston and Lee have taught as design critics at the GSD since 2013, and each has served as a visiting critic at institutions around the world.