Short lectures: One architecture for everyone


Mark Jackson

Marlon Blackwell

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This month’s podcast features Marlon Blackwell, Distinguished Professor and E. Fay Jones Chair of Architecture. Blackwell talks about his design philosophy and what it meant to receive the American Institute of Architects Gold Medal, following in the footsteps of his friend and mentor Fay Jones.

“To me it confirms the validity of what we have been trying to do here for the past 30 years, which is to show that architecture … The highest standards can be achieved anywhere, at any scale, with any budget and for anyone – that architecture is for everyone, not just a few,” he said.

Blackwell says he likes hearing his customers’ stories and not just a laundry list of what they need.

“I think it’s really important to understand their aspirations,” he said. “They tend to be optimistic and hopeful most of the time. We like to try to bring that into the work and I think people sense that maybe some of the joy comes from that.”

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