Marlon Blackwell: Figures and types

Blackwell’s environmentally and culturally responsive design strategies are revealed through more than a dozen of his firm’s projects.

March 2, 2015

Recorded on October 8, 2014.

Current Work is a lecture series featuring leading figures in the worlds of architecture, urbanism, design, and art.

Marlon Blackwell established his eponymous Fayetteville, Arkansas, practice in 1990 with a design philosophy rooted in “strategies that draw upon vernacular and the contradictions of place.”

Operating with the belief that “architecture can happen anywhere, at any scale, and at just about any budget,” the firm has been recognized for regional and national works.

His lecture details Blackwell’s design influences and traces the evolution of his firm through ten projects, from the Keenan TowerHouse, an 80-foot-tall structure completed in 2000, to his in-progress work on the visitor center and facilities at Shelby Farms Park in Memphis. He then turns his attention to four recently completed works in Arkansas: the Gentry Public Library, the Fulbright Building, the St. Nicholas Eastern Orthodox Church, and the Steven L. Anderson Design Center at the University of Arkansas.

Blackwell’s self-described “common-sense” approach to architecture pairs careful attention to detail and refined craft with a commitment to projects that “enrich and dignify the experience of being in the world.”


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