The Chicago Architecture Biennial (CAB) has announced that Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee, of the Los Angeles-based firm Johnston Marklee, have been named Artistic Directors for the 2017 event. Following a successful inaugural run in 2015, the second edition of the biennial will take place from September 16 - December 31, 2017. Speaking exclusively to ArchDaily, Artistic Directors Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee said: We are thrilled with the invitation to be the Artistic Directors for the second edition of the largest exhibition of contemporary architecture in North America. To have a global platform to address current ideas and showcase the talent in the field of architecture in a city with such an extraordinary architectural pedigree is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Since 1998 the practice has worked on residential, commercial, and institutional work with a particular focus on the arts. They frequently collaborate with artists, visual designers and writers to, in their own words, “broaden the breadth of [their] design research” in order to maintain “permeable boundaries for greater results.” The practice is jointly led by Sharon Johnston, a graduate of Stanford University, and Mark Lee, a graduate of the University of Southern California. Both have studied at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.
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