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Profile of Marlon Blackwell Architects

Side view photograph of Marlon Blackwell Architects working in the studio
Photograph of Marlon Blackwell Architects working in the studio, shot from above

Since 1990, Marlon Blackwell Architects has designed for its clients award-winning, environmentally responsive projects. Our belief that architecture can happen anywhere, at any scale, at any budget - for anyone - drives us to challenge the conventions and models that often obscure other possibilities. We use an economy of means to deliver a maximum of meaning in places where architecture is often not expected to be found.

As an agile, full service design firm, we advocate a participatory, collaborative design process between the client, contractors, and architect, where all voices are heard from conceptualization to the realization of each project. In every instance, we strive to express the richness of the places we work and the ideals of the people and institutions we serve.

2012 American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Architecture comment by Billie Tsien on St. Nicholas Eastern Orthodox Church

“Blackwell’s design is truthful architecture — simple, powerful and steadfast.”

Juhani Pallasma

“For Blackwell, buildings are generators of and frames for experience. Profound and touching architectural experiences arise from the tectonic realities of construction, truthful materiality, and the existential charge of the imagery, not from fictitious pictorial fabrications.”

Juhani Pallasmaa


Photograph of Justin Hershberger, Senior Associate + Studio Director

Justin Hershberger, AIA

Senior Associate + Studio Director

Photograph of Kertis Weatherby, Senior Associate + Building Performance Director

Kertis Weatherby, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Senior Associate + Building Performance Director

Photograph of Spencer Curtis, Associate + Technology Director

Spencer Curtis, AIA

Associate + Technology Director

Photograph of Stephen Reyenga, Associate + Visualization Director

Stephen Reyenga, Assoc. AIA

Associate + Visualization Director