Marlon Blackwell, FAIA
Founder and Principal
Marlon Blackwell Architect
Fayetteville, Arkansas
Marlon Blackwell, FAIA practices architecture in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and serves as Distinguished Professor and Department Head in the School of Architecture at the University of Arkansas. Working outside the architectural mainstream, his architecture is based in design strategies that celebrate vernaculars, that draw upon them, and that seek to transgress conventional boundaries for architecture. Work produced in his professional office, Marlon Blackwell Architect, has received national and international recognition, numerous AIA design awards and significant publication in books, and numerous architectural journals and magazines.

The significance of his contributions to design is evidenced by the publication of a monograph of his work entitled “An Architecture of the Ozarks: The Works of Marlon Blackwell” published by Princeton Architectural Press in 2005. Marlon was selected by The International Design Magazine, in 2006, as one of the ID Forty: Undersung Heroes and as an “Emerging Voice” in 1998 by the Architectural League of New York.

At the University of Arkansas he has co-taught design studios with Peter Eisenman (1997 & 1998), Christopher Risher (2000) and Julie Snow (2003). He has been a visiting professor teaching graduate design at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts in Spring 2001 and 2002. Most recently, he was the Elliel Saarinen Visiting Professor at the University of Michigan.

In 1994, he co-founded the University of Arkansas Mexico Summer Urban Studio, and has coordinated and taught in the program at the Casa Luis Barragan in Mexico City since 1996.

He received his undergraduate degree from Auburn University in 1980 and a M. Arch II degree from Syracuse University in Florence in 1991.

Anne Fougeron, FAIA
Fougeron Architecture
San Francisco, CA Fougeron Architecture
Anne Fougeron, FAIA, is principal of Fougeron Architecture in San Francisco, California. Born of French parents and raised in Paris and New York, she credits her bicultural upbringing as the source of her aesthetic values, which combine a respect for historic precedent with an interest in melding old and new. After earning a bachelor of arts degree in architectural history at Wellesley College and a master of architecture degree at the University of California, Berkeley, she worked for San Francisco architect and urban designer Daniel Solomon for three years, an experience that informed her awareness of the interplay between buildings and the urban environment.

In 1986 she founded Fougeron Architecture and went on to design award-winning private- and public- sector projects in a decidedly modernist vocabulary. Fougeron has taught architectural design to undergraduate and graduate students at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco and the University of California, Berkeley, where she served as the Howard Friedman Visiting Professor of Professional Practice in the Department of Architecture from 2003 to 2004.

Marcio Kogan
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Marcio Kogan founded studioMK27 at the beginning of the 80’s and today the firm is joined by 20 architects, besides collaborators in numerous countries around the world. The architects of the Studio develop the projects from start to finish, and sign as the projects co-authors. The Office has won numerous international awards such as: Wallpaper Design Awards, Record House, Interior Record, D&AD, LEAF Awards, Dedalo Minosse, Barbara Cappochin of the International Biennial of Padova, Spark Awards and World Architecture Festival.

In 2011, Wallpaper and Época considered Marcio Kogan as one of the 100 most influential people and received the title of honorary member of the AIA, American Institute of Architects and in 2012 represented Brazil in the Venice Biennial of Architecture. In Brazil he has received 13 awards of the Instituto de Arquitetos do Brasil, IAB (Brazilian Institute of Architects). The projects of studioMK27 are valued for their formal simplicity, always working with special attention to the details and finishings. Marcio Kogan and the architects of the team, great admirers of the Brazilian modernist generation, seek to fulfill the difficult task of giving continuity to this line of production.

Kengo Kuma, Hon. FAIA
Kengo Kuma and Associates
Tokyo, Japan
Kengo Kuma, FAIA, was born in 1954. He completed his master’s degree at the University of Tokyo in 1979. From 1985 to 1986, he studied at Columbia University as Visiting Scholar. He established Kengo Kuma & Associates 1990. He taught at Keio University from 2001 to 2008, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2008, and in 2009, he was installed as Professor at the Graduate School of Architecture, University of Tokyo.

Among Kuma’s major works are Kirosan Observatory (1995), Water/Glass (1995, received AIA Benedictus Award), Stage in Forest, Toyoma Center for Performance Arts (received 1997 Architectural Institute of Japan Annual Award), Stone Museum (received International Stone Architecture Award 2001), Bato-machi Hiroshige Museum (received The Murano Prize). Recent works include Great Bamboo Wall (2002, Beijing, China), Nezu Museum (2009, Tokyo), Yusuhara Marche and Wooden Bridge Museum (2010). A number of large projects are also going on abroad, including arts centre in Besancon City, France, Granada, Spain, and a new Victoria & Albert Museum building in Dundee, Scotland U.K..

Mr. Kuma was awarded the International Spirit of Nature Wood Architecture Award in 2002 (Finland), International Architecture Awards for the Best New Global Design for “Chokkura Plaza and Shelter” in 2007, and Energy Performance + Architectutre Award in 2008 (France). He is an International Fellow of RIBA, UK, and Honorary Fellow of AIA in the US. Kengo Kuma is also a prolific writer / critic and his books have been translated into English, Chinese and other languages.

John E. MacAllister, FAIA
John E. “Jack” MacAllister, FAIA, was recently awarded the 2013 AIACC Lifetime Achievement Award. This award is presented to an individual in recognition of outstanding contributions to the improvement of the built environment and the architectural profession, as well as for contributions to the lives of the clients and citizens served by the profession of architecture.

MacAllister’s 57-year career in architecture is distinguished by a rare comprehensiveness, exemplifying consistent excellence across the many facets of the discipline. A rigorous and accomplished designer, he led the design and construction of the Salk Institute in La Jolla at the age of 25, creating in the Institute a timeless and exquisitely detailed work. In the years since, MacAllister has been responsible for dozens of distinguished, award-winning buildings throughout the world, with a particular emphasis on innovation in medical and academic laboratories.

MacAllister has been a pioneer in the application of digital technology, working with leading-edge architectural CAD systems since 1971. In each of the firms he led—MacAllister, Rinehart & Ring (1968-1976), Bobrow-Thomas Associates (1980-1986), Anshen+Allen, Los Angeles (1986-1991), Anshen+Allen, San Francisco (1991-1995), and NBBJ California (1995-2003), he took a forward-thinking approach with his integration of digital technology in design, construction documentation, and practice management. An incomparable practice manager, he has been responsible for reinvigorating and expanding several of these firms, as well as sharing his expertise as an advisor to many other major practices.

A valued mentor to generations of younger architects, MacAllister has taught at the University of Southern California and the University of California, Los Angeles. He co-authored USC’s five-year Bachelor of Architecture program and has served as a visiting critic and lecturer at over a dozen other professional architecture schools.

Thomas Phifer
Thomas Phifer and Partners
New York, NY
Thomas Phifer approaches modernism from a humanistic standpoint, connecting the built environment to the natural world with a heightened sense of openness and community spirit that is based on a collaborative, interdisciplinary process. Since founding Thomas Phifer and Partners
1997, he has completed the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, North Carolina, the Raymond and the Susan Brochstein Pavilion at Rice University in Houston, Texas, and the Salt Point House, the Millbrook House and the Taghkanic House, all in the Hudson River Valley of New York State.

Thomas Phifer’s buildings have been repeatedly honored by the American Institute of Architects, including seven AIA National Honor Awards and twelve AIA New York Honor Awards. In 2011 the North Carolina Museum of Art won a National Honor Award from the AIA and in 2010 the Raymond and Susan Brochstein Pavilion also won a National Honor Award.

In 2004 Mr. Phifer was awarded the Medal of Honor, the highest award given to an individual or firm, from the New York Chapter of the AIA. In 1995 he received the prestigious Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome, and in 2011 he was elected an Academician of the National
Academy of Design. In 2013, Mr. Phifer received the Arts and Letters Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and is serving as a Peer for the General Services Administration. He received his Bachelor of
Architecture in 1975 and his Master of Architecture in 1977, both from Clemson University.

Thomas Phifer lectures widely on his work and has served as a design instructor, lecturer and critic at numerous architecture schools.
A monograph on the work of Thomas Phifer and Partners was released in the fall of 2010 by Skira Rizzoli.

Jennifer Yoos, AIA, LEED AP
Minneapolis, MN
Jennifer Yoos, FAIA, is a principal of VJAA. Based in Minneapolis, the firm is known for its innovative approach to architectural practice, to environmental design, and to highly crafted buildings. VJAA is the recipient of the 2012 American Institute of Architects Firm Award. Over the past fifteen years the firm has received seventeen national design awards, including four National American Institute of Architects Honor Awards, six Progressive Architecture Awards, and two American Institute of Architects/Committee on the Environment Top Ten Green Building Awards. In 2010, Architect magazine ranked VJAA first in the United States for design recognition.

Recently completed projects include the Hostler Student Center at the American University of Beirut and a Guesthouse, Chapterhouse and Chapel at Saint John’s Abbey and University. Current projects include the new Walker Library in Minneapolis, the Welland International Flatwater Center for the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games, a house prototype for Habitat for Humanity-Detroit/Public Architecture-San Francisco and the new African Art Galleries reinstallation at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

Jennifer was educated at the University of Minnesota, the Architectural Association in London and was a Loeb Fellow at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. She has practiced with VJAA since 1997 and has collaborated with partner Vincent James on the design of all the office’s projects over the past sixteen years. Jennifer also teaches graduate level design as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Minnesota.

Special Tribute to AIA Gold Medal Recipient

Thom Mayne
Morphosis Architects
Culver City, CA and New York, NY

Thom Mayne founded Morphosis as an interdisciplinary and collective practice involved in experimental design and research. As Lead Designer and thought leader of Morphosis, Mayne provides overall vision, project leadership and direction to the firm. The firm currently employs over 40 architects and designers. Morphosis is a Los Angeles-based firm with offices in New York City and Shanghai.

Mayne’s distinguished honors include the Pritzker Prize (2005) and the AIA Gold Medal (2013). He was appointed to the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities in 2009, and was honored with the American Institute of Architects Los Angeles Gold Medal in 2000. With Morphosis, Thom Mayne has been the recipient of 25 Progressive Architecture Awards, over 100 American Institute of Architecture Awards and numerous other design recognitions. Under Mayne’s direction, the firm has been the subject of various group and solo exhibitions throughout the world, including a large solo exhibition at the Centre Pompidou in Paris in 2006, the Contemporary Art Center in Cincinnati, the Walker Arts Institute in Minneapolis, and a major retrospective at the Netherlands Architectural Institute in 1999. Morphosis buildings and projects have been published extensively; the firm has been the subject of 23 monographs, including five by Rizzoli, two by Korean Architect, two by El Croquis (Spain), one by G.A. Japan, one by Phaidon, and one by Equal Books (Korea).

Throughout his career, Mayne has remained active in the academic world. In 1972, he helped to found the Southern California Institute of Architecture. Since then, he has held teaching positions at Columbia, Yale, the Harvard Graduate School of Design, the Berlage Institute in the Netherlands, the Bartlett School of Architecture in London, and many other institutions around the world. Currently, he holds a tenured faculty position at UCLA Architecture and Urban Design.

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