Department Head; Distinguished Professor
B.Arch.. Auburn University
Marlon Blackwell, FAIA, is a nationally and internationally recognized teacher and practicing architect. Working outside the architectural mainstream, his architecture is based in design strategies that celebrate vernaculars and that draw upon them, and that seek to transgress conventional boundaries for architecture.
The recipient of numerous AIA design awards and the ar + d prize from Architectural Review, Blackwell's work has been documented in An Architecture of the Ozarks: The Works of Marlon Blackwell (Princeton Architectural Press, 2005) and The Phaidon Atlas of Contemporary World Architecture (2004 & 2008). His work has also been featured in publications such as Architecture, Arquine, A+U, Detail, Dwell, Southern Living, Summa+ and Architectural Record (with the honor of having the Keenan TowerHouse featured on the cover of the February 2001 issue).
Blackwell's residential projects are featured in design books including Masters of Light, New Country House, Houses of Wood, Private Towers, House: American Houses for the New Century, The New American House 3, The New American Cottage and 40 Under 40. Blackwell was selected by a national jury as one of the top 40 designers under 40 years old in 1995.
The International Design Magazine selected him in 2006 as one of the "ID Forty: Undersung Heroes." In 1998, the Architectural League of New York recognized him as an "Emerging Voice" in architecture.
He has been invited to give lectures on his work at many institutions, and has been a visiting professor at MIT, Syracuse University, Washington University in St. Louis, the University of Florida and the University of Texas at Austin. He most recently was the Eliel Saarinen Visiting Professor at the University of Michigan in fall 2009.
Blackwell teaches fifth-year design studio, technology, and design detailing at the University of Arkansas, and has co-taught design studios here with Peter Eisenman (1997 & 1998) and Christopher Risher (2000). In 1994, he co-founded the University of Arkansas Mexico Summer Urban Studio, and has taught in the program at the Casa Luis Barragan in Mexico City since 1996. He became architecture department chairman in fall 2009.
He received his undergraduate degree from Auburn University and a M.Arch II degree from Syracuse University in Florence.