Johnston Marklee unveil plans and opening date for the newest addition to the Menil Collection Campus

by Amy Marie Slocum

In 2013 Johnston Marklee – a young LA-based architecture firm – put in a bid to design the Menil Drawing Institute – a new addition to a storied campus in Houston Texas that houses the immense Menil Collection. The residential campus features the first Renzo Piano-designed structure in the US as well as historic bungalows, and several other structures designed to house the collection.

Their bid was a long shot – Johnston Marklee were up against huge and storied architecture firms from all over the world – but Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee's dedication and research into private education-based arts structures and the architectural history of the campus paid off. 

This October their vision is coming to life with the unveiling of the Drawing Institute – an exhibition and learning space created in part to showcase works on paper that have been donated to the Menil Collection for the express purpose of education and study.

"The Menil has always wanted to give opportunities to young designers" says Rebecca Rainbow, director of the Menil Collection regarding the choice of the comparatively young architecture firm. 

The unveiling is set for October 7th, which will coincide with the 30th anniversary of the Menil Collection and a special exhibition highlighting 30 important works from the collection. 

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