• Marlon Blackwell, FAIA

      Distinguished Professor and E. Fay Jones Chair in Architecture

      University of Arkansas

      Marlon Blackwell is a Distinguished Professor and the E. Fay Jones Chair in Architecture in the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design at the University of Arkansas. A Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), he received the 2020 AIA Gold Medal – the Institute’s highest honor – recognizing architects with enduring impacts on theory and practice. In 2018 he was inducted into the National Academy of Design. Prof. Blackwell has been an educator and architect for nearly 30 years, and his distinct voice has produced countless iconic, award-winning designs. He led the development of the Integrated Design Studio, the capstone experience in the professional curriculum and co-founded the University of Arkansas Mexico Summer Urban Studio. Prof. Blackwell has served as visiting professor at several universities, and he was the 2018-2019 William A. Bernoudy Architect in Residence at the American Academy in Rome. In addition, Prof. Blackwell is co-principal of Marlon Blackwell Architects (MBA), which was ranked No. 1 in Design in the 2016 Architect 50 – a national survey of architecture firms – and was recognized as the 2011 Firm of the Year by Residential Architect. MBA has garnered more than 140 national and international awards, including 15 National AIA Awards in eight different categories.