The Dallas Architecture Forum is pleased to continue its 20th Anniversary 2016-2017 Lecture Season with outstanding architect Marlon Blackwell, FAIA, Founder of Marlon Blackwell Architects, Fayetteville.
Marlon Blackwell is one of the nation’s most respected regional modernist architects. His practice takes place primarily in Arkansas and combines vernacular traditions with rigorous formalism. Throughout his body of work, nature has been a persistent inspiration, and he strives to create spaces that respond to the physical and cultural eccentricities of a place. Working in the second poorest state in the country, Blackwell’s architecture uses an economy of means for a maximum of meaning, and he makes spectacular buildings with very small budgets. Blackwell’s work is highly honored on a national and international level. Recent honors include the Smithsonian’s Cooper Hewitt National Design Award and being named Best Architectural Design firm in the United States by the American Institute of Architects.
Blackwell’s projects have ranged from a Honey House to the University of Arkansas School of Architecture to a spare orthodox church. He was the architect for the Ruth Lilly Visitors Pavilion at the Indianapolis Museum of Art and the Crystal Bridges Museum Store at the Crystal Bridges Museum of Art in Bentonville, Arkansas. He is the Principal at Marlon Blackwell Architects and Distinguished Professor and Department Head of the Fay Jones School of Architecture at the University of Arkansas. As mentioned above in the summary paragraph, Blackwell is the recipient of the 2016 Cooper Hewitt National Design Award, the American Academy of Arts and Letters Architecture Prize, and his firm was named 2016 Best Architectural Design Firm in the U.S. by Architect Magazine. Other honors, among many, include the Best Civic and Community Building Award from the World Architecture Festival in Barcelona, Spain.