Meryati and Marlon Blackwell are the principals for what is arguably the state’s most high-profile architecture firm, Marlon Blackwell Architects of Fayetteville, and in all likelihood, its most decorated.
The Blackwell firm’s list of accolades includes being ranked No. 1 in the 2016 Architect 50, a national survey of architecture firms from Architect magazine. Previously, in 2011, the firm was named national Firm of the Year by Residential Architect. The firm’s list of accolades entails more than 140 state, national and international awards, including 15 national American Institute of Architects awards in eight different categories. Its work has been the subject of international media, including books, articles and videos, and Marlon has published two monographs, An Architecture of the Ozarks: The Works of Marlon Blackwell (2005), and Radical Practice, set for release next year.
In addition to his practice, Marlon is a Distinguished Professor and the E. Fay Jones Chair in Architecture at the University of Arkansas. He has been inducted into the National Academy of Design and received the 2020 American Institute of Architects Gold Medal, the industry’s highest honor. And last year, representing the UA, he was named the 2020 Professor of the Year for the Southeastern Conference.
Meryati, who has worked for firms in the United States and Asia, is a LEED Accredited Professional and also serves as the firm’s director of interiors and sustainability. She is both a registered architect and a registered interior designer and was integrally involved in numerous award-winning projects, including the Crystal Bridges Museum Store, the Blessings Golf Clubhouse and the Steven L. Anderson Design Center and Vol Walker Hall on the UA campus.