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AIA Baltimore and Baltimore Architecture Foundation presents the 2024 Spring Lecture Series, taking place on 4/04, 4/10, 4/17 and 4/25 at the MICA Brown Center.

This lecture offers 1.0 AIA LU HSW and 1.0 LACES PDH HSW.

AIA, ASLA and NOMA members may register at a discounted rate.

We are offering school students, faculty and staff free admission! Please bring your school ID to show upon arrival.

Join us on April 17 at 6:00 PM for Radical Practice with Marlon Blackwell, FAIA, 2020 AIA Gold Medal recipient. 

Registration begins at 5:00PM. Join us for a reception at The Brass Tap immediately following the lecture! There will be apps, open bar for the first hour, and specialty cocktails available! 


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…an architecture in the place, of the place and for the place.


Marlon Blackwell, FAIA

Marlon Blackwell, FAIA, is the founding partner of Marlon Blackwell Architects (MBA) in Fayetteville, Arkansas, the E. Fay Jones Distinguished Professor at the University of Arkansas, and the Spring 2024 John Portman Chair at Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Blackwell is the recipient of the 2020 AIA Gold Medal, the Institute’s highest honor recognizing those whose work has had an enduring impact on the theory and practice of architecture. Blackwell is a lifetime member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a 2023 inductee of the American Academy of Arts and Science, a 2019 Resident Fellow of the American Academy in Rome, and a 2014 United States Artists Ford Fellow. Work produced in his professional office, MBA, has received recognition with significant publication and more than 160 design awards including the 2016 Cooper Hewitt National Design Award in Architecture. A monograph of Marlon’s early work, “An Architecture of the Ozarks: The Works of Marlon Blackwell”, was published in 2005 and a new monograph titled “Radical Practice”, was published in 2022.

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