Marlon Blackwell, FAIA, practices architecture in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and serves as Distinguished Professor and Department Head in the School of Architecture at the University of Arkansas. Working outside the architectural centers of fashion, his architecture is based in design strategies that celebrated the vernacular of the specific site and draw upon them, and seek to transgress conventional boundaries for architecture. It’s a feat of architectural magic to design buildings that are of the world and of their place at the same time. Work produced in his professional office, Marlon Blackwell Architect, has received national and international recognition, numerous AIA design awards and significant publication in books, architectural journals and magazines including Architectural Record, Architecture Review, Architect, Arquine, A+U, Detail, Dwell, Men’s Vogue, Metropolitan Home, Contract, Residential Architect, the Phaidon Atlas of Contemporary Architecture to list a few. The office of Marlon Blackwell Architect was announced as the Top U.S. Firm of 2011 by the Residential Architect magazine, October 2011 issue. Most recent honors includes the St. Nicholas Eastern Orthodox Church in Springdale, Arkansas being selected as the Best Civic and Community Building at the prestigious World Architecture Festival in Barcelona, Spain in November 2011.
At the University of Arkansas he has co-taught design studios with Peter Eisenman (1997 & 1998), Christopher Risher (2000) and Julie Snow (2003). He has been a visiting professor teaching graduate design at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts in Spring 2001 and 2002 and was recently the Elliel Saarinen Visiting Professor at the University of Michigan. He also has served as the Ivan Smith Distinguished Professor at the University of Florida (Spring 2009) and the Paul Rudolph Visiting Professor at Auburn University (Spring 2008) and the Cameron Visiting Professor at Middlebury College (Fall 2007). In the Spring of 2003, he was the Ruth and Norman Moore Visiting Professor at Washington University in St. Louis and has also been a visiting professor at Syracuse University (1991-92) and Lawrence Tech University (Fall 2001). He was most recently the Thomas Jefferson Professor of Architecture at the University School of Architecture.