Marlon Blackwell: Figures and Types

Department of Architecture Fall 2012 Lecture Series

Marlon Blackwell practices architecture in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and serves as professor and architecture department head in the Fay Jones School of Architecture at the University of Arkansas. Working outside the architectural mainstream, his architecture is based in design strategies that draw on vernaculars and the contradictions of place; strategies that seek to transgress conventional boundaries for architecture. Work produced in his professional office, Marlon Blackwell Architect, has received national and international recognition with numerous design awards and significant publication in books, architectural journals and magazines, including Architectural Record, Architect, Arquine, A+U, Detail, Dwell, Metropolitan Home, Contract, Residential Architect, and the Phaidon Atlas of Contemporary Architecture. In 2011, Residential Architect named Marlon Blackwell Architect the 2011 Top Firm. Recent honors include the St. Nicholas Eastern Orthodox Church (Springdale, Arkansas) winning the 2011 Civic and Community Building category at the World Architecture Festival in Barcelona, Spain, and receiving a 2012 AIA National Honor Award for the IMA Ruth Lilly Visitorメs Pavilion (Indianapolis, Indiana). Blackwell received the 2012 Architecture Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. A monograph of his work entitled, An Architecture of the Ozarks: The Works of Marlon Blackwell (Princeton Architectural Press) was published in 2005.

At the University of Arkansas he has cotaught design studios with Peter Eisenman, Christopher Risher, and Julie Snow. He has been a visiting professor teaching graduate design at MIT. Recently, he was the Thomas Jefferson Professor at the University of Virginia and the Elliel Saarinen Visiting Professor at the University of Michigan. In 1994, he cofounded the University of Arkansas Mexico Summer Urban Studio, and has coordinated and taught in the program at the Casa Luis Barragan in Mexico City since 1996. He received his undergraduate degree from Auburn University and a post-professional master of architecture degree from Syracuse University in Florence.