Bachelor of Architecture, 2020
University of Arkansas
David Sweere joined Marlon Blackwell Architects as an intern in Summer 2018 and was promoted to designer in Spring 2020. An honor graduate of the Fay Jones School of Architecture + Design at the University of Arkansas, Sweere has a great deal of interest in the role of place in architecture as well as the interior multi-sensory experience. In 2019, he received the Aydelott Travel Award, a $20K travel grant focused on self-directed architectural analyses, through which he was able to explore these ideas, traveling to 13 countries across Europe and Asia. In presenting this work, Sweere has lectured at the Bengal Institute for Architecture, Landscapes, and Settlements as well as the University of Arkansas upon his return. This work was later recognized as the recipient of the 2019 Aydelott Prize. During his time at FJSoA+D, Sweere also served 9 years enlisted in the Arkansas Air National Guard as an Electrical Journeyman, including multiple tours abroad in base construction and maintenance units. He earned an Associate in Applied Science Mechanical and Electrical Technology in 2014 through the Community College of the Air Force. Sweere attributes his experience in the Air Force to his development as a designer, thinker, and leader, slowing the pace of his education and thus allowing for greater reflection and contemplation on architectural concepts while gaining practical building construction and maintenance experience. Sweere has also worked with the faculty at Thaden Independent School in Bentonville, Arkansas in supplementing the high school math curriculum with hands-on instruction of classes based on the role of geometric in the conception and constriction of architecture. Sweere is a fellow of the Gilman International Scholarship Foundation and recipient of the UARK Honors College Libby Finch Award. During his time at FJSoA+D, his studio work was recognized as with the Comprehensive Design Studio Competition First Prize, the HBG International Design Competition Merit Award, as well as the Lyceum Fellowship Competition Merit Award.
Meryati Johari Blackwell, AIA, ASID, LEED AP
Principal, Interior Design Director
Kertis Weatherby, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Senior Associate, Building Performance Director