My time has been spent looking at buildings and context. I was interested in looking for inspiration that helped define the work of local architects who were interested in drawing on the past to help shape the future. In one of my conversations with Marlon Blackwell, I asked him how his work was received in this community; Did they care that he has an international reputation, won loads of design awards, and was the current Head of Architecture at the University of Arkansas? That this seems like an outwardly traditional community, not demonstrative, and that there are very few things that seem to intentionally draw attention to themselves. Marlon’s work, by it’s very nature, stands out. Marlon told me that he works from the traditional shapes of buildings that people already see here so they recognize that in his work, that it doesn’t look like it landed from outer space.

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