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March 23, 2018

Mark Lee Appointed Chair of the Department of Architecture at Harvard Graduate School of Design

CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS—Harvard University Graduate School of Design has named Mark Lee chair of the Department of Architecture, succeeding K. Michael Hays, who has served as interim chair since 2016. His tenure begins July 1, 2018. Lee is a founding partner of the firm Johnston Marklee, with Sharon Johnston. In January, Lee, Johnston, and architect Jeanne Gang, were named professors in the Department of Architecture. Lee’s professorship will also begin in July.

“I am delighted that Mark Lee has agreed to serve as the next chair of the Department of Architecture,” said Harvard GSD dean Moshen Mostafavi. “Johnston Marklee is one of the most talented practices currently working in the United States and beyond, and Mark deeply understand the contemporary world of architecture. His vision and leadership will enormously benefit our students and our school in the years to come.”

Prior to his appointments at Harvard, Lee held chair and faculty positions at the University of Toronto, Rice University, ETH Zürich, and the University of California, Los Angeles. He earned a Master of Architecture from Harvard GSD in 1995. Johnston Marklee served as artistic directors of the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial. Their recent projects include the renovation of the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Graduate Art Studios at UCLA, and the Menil Drawing Institute, Houston.

“I am honored to be entrusted with the chairmanship of the Department of Architecture at the GSD,” Lee said. “In advancing both the discipline and the profession of architecture, the department has been without parallel; I look forward to building upon the formidable achievements of my predecessors and this deeply-rooted tradition of excellence. We stand on the threshold of a very challenging, but exciting, future. I feel confident that architecture’s best days lie ahead.”

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