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DI ♥'s Freear and Blackwell

DesignIntelligence recognized the talent of APLA faculty and graduates in their list of “30 Most Admired Educators for 2015.” Each year, the DesignIntelligence survey of “America’s Best Architecture & Design Schools” honors excellence in education and education administration in the disciplines of architecture, industrial design, interior design, and landscape architecture by naming thirty exemplary professionals in these fields.  The 2015 list includes Andrew Freear, director of CADC’s Rural Studio, and Marlon Blackwell, FAIA, a 1980 APLA graduate and Department Head and Distinguished Professor in the Fay Jones School of Architecture at the University of Arkansas and founder and principal of Marlon Blackwell Architect.

Here’s how DesignIntelligence described Freear and Blackwell:

Andrew Freear is the director of Auburn University’s Rural Studio, an off-campus program that gives students a hands-on opportunity to give back to the community through good design. Freear is a humble, dedicated leader, both to the students and the community, and receives great praise for his work.

Marlon Blackwell is an ‘exemplar as a practicing architect and academic leader.’ He balances a career as an accomplished architect who creates memorable work with the role of a dedicated educator. He brings a strong design orientation and always provides good criticism; it is evident that he is truly interested in advancing design through both teaching and practice.

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