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Figures and Types: Lecture by Marlon Blackwell

Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 7 - 9pm

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Marlon Blackwell Architects, Saint Nicholas Eastern Orthodox Church | photo by Timothy Hursley

Marlon Blackwell Architects, Saint Nicholas Eastern Orthodox Church | photo by Timothy Hursley

Current Work: Marlon Blackwell | Marlon Blackwell Architects

Moderated by Walter Chatham

This lecture is co-sponsored by the Architectural League of New York.

Marlon Blackwell of Marlon Blackwell Architects will present his work in a public lecture to be followed by a conversation with Walter Chatham. Marlon Blackwell will discuss recent projects, such as the Steven L. Anderson Design Center, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, and the St. Nicholas Eastern Orthodox Church, Springdale, Arkansas. Both of these works expand the range and scale of his design philosophy, which is based, as he describes it, on “strategies that draw upon vernacular and the contradictions of place.”

Blackwell established his Fayetteville practice in 1980. His early residential commissions — including the Moore HoneyHouse, Cashiers, North Carolina, and the Keenan TowerHouse, Fayetteville — first garnered attention for their expressive structures and reinterpretation of vernacular form. This approach remains evident in recent projects including the Ruth Lilly Visitors Pavilion at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, as well as the Montessori Elementary School, the L-Stack House, and the Gentry Public Library, all in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Marlon Blackwell is a distinguished professor and department head of the Fay Jones School of Architecture at the University of Arkansas. Blackwell wrote his first monograph, An Architecture of the Ozarks: The Works of Marlon Blackwell in 2005. Blackwell is the recipient of the 2012 Architecture Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and AIA National Honor Awards in 2012 and 2013. Marlon Blackwell Architects was also recognized as Firm of the Year by Residential Architect Magazine in 2011.

Walter Chatham, who serves on The Architectural League’s board of directors, is principal of Walter Chatham Architect.

Free to current Cooper Union students/faculty/staff and League members. Non-members may purchase tickets here.


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