Believing that the architect’s role is to test and expand the boundaries of reality, Marshall Brown’s projects are concerned with the interactions between architecture and power and acts of world making. He constructs visions of urban worlds yet to come, using collage, drawing, video, objects, and built projects. Crossing disciplinary boundaries, and extending from the intertwined histories of modern art and architecture, Brown’s collages create new connections, associations, and meanings among disconnected architectural and urban remnants.
Brown’s recent projects sample from the history of modern and contemporary architecture to create new forms of monumentality. The Dequindre Civic Academy, a 3 million square foot citadel for the children of Detroit, was featured in “The Architectural Imagination” at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale. That same year, his Ziggurat garden folly was commissioned by the Arts Club of Chicago, drawing from the architecture of Frank Gehry, Peter Eisenman, and Zaha Hadid.
Marshall Brown is an architect based in Chicago and a professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Brown’s work has been exhibited at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale, the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial, the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, The Arts Club of Chicago, and the Architecture and Design Museum Los Angeles. His projects and essays have appeared in several books and journals, including Metropolis, Crain’s, Architectural Record, The New York Daily News, Art Papers, The Believer, Journal of Architectural Education, and New Directions in Sustainable Design. Marshall Brown received his masters’ degrees at Harvard University and he lives and works in Chicago. He is represented by Western Exhibitions, Chicago.