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“Radical Practice”: An Evening with Marlon Blackwell, FAIA

IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to a widespread power outage on UC Berkeley's campus, the dinner has been canceled and the lecture will now be held at Berkeley City Club!

AIA East Bay and UC Berkeley Department of Architecture
Joint Lecture Series

A Fundraiser for the AIA East Bay that supports our student programming and Summer Scholarships.

Please join us for dinner and then a talk with Marlon Blackwell, FAIA, Principal of Marlon Blackwell Architects.

Marlon Blackwell will discuss his architecture and design process and will introduce ‘Radical Practice: The Work of Marlon Blackwell Architects’ a new monograph released in June 2022 by Princeton Architectural Press.   Both the book and the lecture emphasize projects in the public and civic realm, emerging from outside the established centers of architectural culture, illustrating the distinct and original voice of Marlon Blackwell Architects.  Their iconic and award-winning designs span across typologies, scales, and budgets, by merging the universal language of architecture and the particulars of place.   The lecture will discuss the richness of the work, its methods, and its consequences and suggest an open-endedness, at once generous and provocative, to the practice’s trajectory and interest in what a “radical practice” can be in the contemporary moment. A core principle at the heart of the practice, radical in its fundamental simplicity, is the assertion of the making of buildings and places as a constant, authentic focus.

Reception / Dinner      5-6:58       Faculty Club
Stroll to Wurster          6:58-7        Walk to Lecture
Lecture                          7-8:30        112 Bauer Wurster Hall

Please join us on March 13th at 5:00pm for a reception and dinner with our guest speaker, Marlon Blackwell, at the Faculty Club. The lecture starts in Bauer Wurster Hall Auditorium at 7:00 pm.

Proceeds from this event help support Architecture and Design education in the San Francisco East Bay region.

Thank You to Our Sponsors!
COVID Policy: All guests must present proof of vaccinations (including booster) and ID to enter the Bancroft hotel. Masks are required in the Great Hall at all times unless the guests are actively eating or drinking.

About the Speaker

Photo by Mark Jackson.

Marlon Blackwell, FAIA, is a practicing architect in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and serves as the E. Fay Jones Distinguished Professor at the Fay Jones School of Architecture + Design at the University of Arkansas. Marlon is integrally involved in every phase of the design process, from programming through construction administration, for every project Marlon Blackwell Architects pursues. He is involved on a daily basis, working to establish the design direction and works directly with client leadership on critical issues, ensuring a successful outcome and meaningful relationship. As our references will attest, Marlon is accessible and involved. His keen attention to detail and design rigor ensure the success of every project, evident in his acclaim as an architect and educator.

The office of Marlon Blackwell Architects received the 2016 Cooper Hewitt National Design Award in Architecture and ranked #1 in Design as part of the Architect 50, a national survey of architecture firms. In 2011, Marlon Blackwell Architects was recognized as the Firm of the Year by Residential Architect Magazine. The firm has earned an international design reputation through recognition of its work in many publications, including architectural design journals and books, and receiving more than 120 design awards including state, regional, national and international awards.

Marlon is the recipient of the 2020 AIA Gold Medal, the Institute’s highest honor, which recognizes those whose work has had an enduring impact on the theory and practice of architecture. He was a 2019 Resident Fellow of the American Academy in Rome, inducted into the 2018 National Academy of Design and received the E. Fay Jones Gold Medal from the Arkansas AIA in 2017. A monograph of his early work entitled “An Architecture of the Ozarks: The Works of Marlon Blackwell” was published by Princeton Architectural Press in 2005. Marlon was selected by The International Design Magazine, in 2006, as one of the ID Forty: Undersung Heroes and as an “Emerging Voice” in 1998 by the Architectural League of New York.

Marlon was named the 2020 SEC Professor of The Year and as one of DesignIntelligence magazine’s “30 Most Admired Educators” for 2015. He has co-taught design studios with Peter Eisenman (1997 & 1998), Christopher Risher (2000), and Julie Snow (2003).  Other visiting academic appointments include the McDermott Visiting Professor at the University of Texas at Austin (Spring 2016), the George Baird Professor at Cornell University (Fall 2012), the Thomas Jefferson Professor at the University of Virginia (Spring 2011), the Elliel Saarinen Visiting Professor at the University of Michigan (Fall 2009), the Ivan Smith Distinguished Professor at the University of Florida (Spring 2009), the Paul Rudolph Visiting Professor at Auburn University (Spring 2008), the Cameron Visiting Professor at Middlebury College (Fall 2007), the Ruth and Norman Moore Visiting Professor at Washington University in St. Louis (Spring 2003) and visiting graduate professor at MIT in Spring 2001 and 2002.

Photos by Timothy Hursley.


Mar 13 2024


7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Mar 13 - 14 2024
  • Time: 10:00 pm - 12:30 am


UC Berkeley Department of Architecture
UC Berkeley Department of Architecture

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