Marshall Brown is an architect based in Chicago and a professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology. For Brown, architectural projects are acts of world making. Marshall Brown is deeply and personally invested in the craft of architectural images. He constructs visions of urban worlds yet to come, using collage, drawing, video, objects, and built projects.
He believes in the architect’s role as visionary, testing and expanding the boundaries of reality. Many of his projects are concerned with the interactions between architecture and power. Brown’s work crosses disciplinary boundaries, and extends from the intertwined histories of modern art and architecture, with influences extending back to the Bauhaus. Brown’s technique has been influenced by the artists Josef Albers and Karel Teige, as well as the collage works of architect Mies van der Rohe. His 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’s work has been exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit The Arts Club of Chicago, the Architecture and Design Museum Los Angeles (forthcoming) and the Venice Architecture Biennale and will be included in the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial. 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.