CHARLESTON — National and international design award-winner Marlon Blackwell will present some of his most unique work and developments as an architect when the Clemson Architecture Center in Charleston — along with AIA Charleston — hosts his talk as part of the 2013-14 Joint Lecture Series.

Blackwell will speak at 6 p.m. Wednesday following a brief reception at 5:30 p.m. The event will be held at the Visitor Center Auditorium, 375 Meeting St.

Working outside the architectural mainstream, Blackwell’s architecture is based in design strategies that draw upon vernaculars and the contradictions of place, utilizing strategies that seek to transgress conventional boundaries for architecture.

Blackwell is a practicing architect in Fayetteville, Ark., and is a distinguished professor and department head in the Fay Jones School of Architecture at the University of Arkansas. His professional office — Marlon Blackwell Architect — was recognized as Firm of the Year by Residential Architect magazine in 2011. Recent honors include the St. Nicholas Eastern Orthodox Church in Springdale, Ark., winning a 2013 AIA National Honor Award and the 2011 Civic and Community Building category at the World Architecture Festival in Barcelona, Spain.

The significance of his contributions to design is evidenced by the 2012 Architecture Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the publication of a monograph of his work, “An Architecture of the Ozarks: The Works of Marlon Blackwell,” by Princeton Architectural Press in 2005. Blackwell was selected by The International Design Magazine in 2006 as one of the ID Forty: Unsung Heroes and as an “Emerging Voice” in 1998 by the Architectural League of New York.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, phone 843-723-1747 or email MiriamR@clemson.edu.

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