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Marlon Blackwell Architect Continues to Produce Award Winning Work

APLA Alum and former Paul Rudolph Visiting Fellow (2008) Marlon Blackwell, and his firm Marlon Blackwell Architect, has received several new awards over the past year, including  a 2013 AIA Institute Honor Award for Architecture for the Saint Nicholas Eastern Orthodox Church in Springdale, Arkansas. Commenting on the project, the award jury said, "This transformation of a humble former welding shop into an elegant work of religious architecture is an inspiring example for our profession and especially for small practitioners." The Saint Nicholas project has also received the 2012 American Institute of Architects National Small Project Award, the 2012 Remodeling Magazine, Grand Award, the 2011 World Architecture Festival Best Civic and Community Building, a 2011 Chicago Athenaeum American Architecture Award, a 2011 Gulf States Regional AIA Merit Award, a 2010 Architect Magazine Design Review Honor Award, and a 2010 Arkansas AIA Honor Award.

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Blackwell's firm also won an Honor Award from the Arkansas AIA for The Museum Store at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas. Inserted into a 3,040-square-foot space, the store is organized by a series of parallel cherry plywood ribs, which form the ceiling and the millwork on the rear wall. Likened to the ribbed underside of a mushroom, the surface undulates to create an elegant sectional profile. This project also received the 2013 Contract Magazine Interior Design Award – Retail, the 2012 World Architecture Festival Finalist (Shopping Category), the 2012 Gulf States Regional AIA Design Honor Award [Interior], a 2012 Arkansas AIA Honor Award, and the 2011 Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce Award for Best Interior.

The Arkansas Chapter of the American Institute of Architects gave an Honor Award for The Cantilever House, the design/build home done by the Fay Jones School’s design/build program, of which Mr. Blackwell was a project team lead, during the 2010-11 school year. The 1,100-square-foot, prefabricated house was built in two modules that are stacked perpendicularly to each other. The top module is cantilevered, creating a cover for front and back porches.

Blackwell has also received recognition for the Little Rock [Arkansas] Creative Corridor project, which was designed in conjunction with the University of Arkansas Community Design Center. The project has not yet been realized, but has, thus far, won the 2013 The Congress for the New Urbanism Global Award for Excellence in Urban Design and 2012 World Architecture Network Awards Finalist (Urban Planning).

Lastly, for his work on the University of Arkansas School of Architecture Addition and Renovation (Fayetteville, AR), Mr. Blackwell received the 2012 American Institute of Architects Technology in Architectural Practice Building Information Modeling Award for Exemplary Use of BIM in a Small Firm.

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