AIA Asheville presents “Architecture Between Mountain and Valley,” a talk by AIA National award winning architect Marlon Blackwell, on Wednesday, July 17, 7 p.m. at the Orange Peel in downtown Asheville. Blackwell creates contemporary, sustainable buildings inspired by the local environment. His work, which is primarily in the Ozark Mountains around Fayetteville, Arkansas, should resonate with the community in Western North Carolina who deal with similar issues of designing and building on sloped terrain in and around Appalachian mountains.
Blackwell is head of the School of Architecture at the University of Arkansas and also serves as Distinguished Professor. Work at his professional office, Marlon Blackwell Architect, has been recognized in numerous architectural journals and magazines. Most notably, his Keenan TowerHouse was featured on the cover of the February 2001 issue of “Architectural Record” and included in other magazines, including “Dwell” and “Metropolitan Home.” His designs are outside the architectural mainstream and push conventional boundaries. “There is a great interest in regionally responsive modern design here in WNC,” said Mark Allison, AIA Asheville President. “We are excited to host Blackwell to inspire architects and others interested in great design.”
Blackwell’s contributions are significant in the architectural community as evidenced by publication of his work “An Architecture of the Ozarks: The works of Marlon Blackwell,” published by Princeton Architectural Press in 2005. He was also noted by “The International Design Magazine,” in 2006, as one of the profession’s ID Forty: Undersung Heroes.
Tickets are $12 at the door. Seating opens at 6:30 p.m.