Drawing Courtesy of Columbus Architectural Archives


Marlon Blackwell

serves as Distinguished Professor and Department Head in the Fay Jones School of Architecture at the University of Arkansas. As a regional modernist, his design is based in design strategies that draw upon vernaculars and the contradictions of place; strategies that seek to transgress conventional boundaries for architecture. Blackwell has received recognition with numerous national and international design awards and significant publication in books, architectural journals and magazines. His office was recognized as the Firm of the Year by Residential Architect magazine in 2011. Recent honors include the St. Nicholas Eastern Orthodox Church (Springdale, Arkansas) winning a 2013 AIA National Honor Award and the 2011 Civic and Community Building category at the World Architecture Festival in Barcelona, Spain.   The IMA Ruth Lilly Visitor’s Pavilion (Indianapolis, Indiana) also received an AIA National Honor Award in 2012.He was awarded  the 2012 Architecture Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.   A monograph of his work entitled “An Architecture of the Ozarks: The Works of Marlon Blackwell” was published by Princeton Architectural Press in 2005. Blackwell was selected by The International Design Magazine, in 2006, as one of the ID Forty: Undersung Heroes and as an “Emerging Voice” in 1998 by the Architectural League of New York.

Dr. Robert Bruegmann

is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Art History, Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is a historian and critic of architecture, landscape, preservation, urban development and the built environment. His most recent publication is the highly acclaimed book entitled The Architecture of Harry Weese, W. W. Norton in 2010. Bruegmann is the principal authority on the architecture of Harry Weese, one of the most gifted and understudied American architects of the post-war era. Weese is a particularly timely topic owing to the current attempts to save Weese’s work on the Washington DC metro. On this topic, Bruegmann points out, “Every generation has the impulse to make it brighter, but that’s like taking a Victorian storefront and slapping aluminum siding on it.”


Frank Harmon

has taught at North Carolina State’s prestigious architectural program since 1981 and is a prolific writer of design theory and commentary. Harmon has been designing environmentally responsible, modern buildings for nearly three decades – long before the term “green architecture” became a part of the general lexicon. For him, sustainability is the most important architectural issue of our time. His brand of Regional Modernism stems from an interest in developing social context for the built environment, reinterpreting the agricultural outbuildings and tobacco barns of North Carolina and applying indigenous elements of sustainability like vernacular shading devices and air funnels to his designs. “I believe that one of the primary goals of architecture is to make it possible for people to understand the world around them. If we sense that a building is rooted in the earth and warmed by the sun, that fresh air flows through its windows and its materials are friendly to the touch, then we may feel that the building belongs to its place, and so do we.” - Frank Harmon, FAIA

Louis Joyner

is an architect in Columbus, IN who is vested in the history of the community. As an architect, his work is represented in Columbus, IN including the design for IUCA+D and the Kidscommons. Mr. Joyner sits on the Indiana Modern committee of Indiana Landmarks, and has served as design critic at university schools of architecture, including most recently as an Adjunct at IUB. He has positioned himself as local a historian of architectural work and social context.

Marleen Newman

is an architect and conference co-organizer. She has been a Senior Lecturer at IUB since 2003. Formerly, she has held positions at Roger Williams College, Wentworth Institute of Technology, Boston Architectural Center and has been a guest critic at Harvard’s GSD. Ms. Newman has worked for noted firms including Moshe Safdie and Associates, Perry Dean Rogers and Partners and Benjamin Thompson and Associates. Her recent design for 555 Morton Street in Bloomington, IN has been lauded as a formidable example of adaptive reuse and historic preservation linking the historic with the modern.

Dr. Eric Sandweiss

is a professor in the Department of History at IUB. He holds the Carmony Chair in history and is the editor of Indiana Magazine of History. As a historian he focuses on “everyday people and experiences” and “how these things add up to the larger patterns by which we identify culture.” His research takes him in two distinct directions, both of which relate to the proposed conference. He is primarily interested in the built environment and how history about it is told and understood. He is one of the foremost scholars linking the topics of architecture, cultural history, and history of the built environment and is a specialist in the history of the lower mid-west and Indiana.

Julie Snow

won the 2011 American Academy of Arts and Letters Architectural Prize. Her award read: “The architecture of Julie VandenBerg Snow might be characterized as invention within convention. That is not to say that her work is conventional but to recognize that, within a rigorous underpinning, she and her studio make the marvelous happen. Elegance is balanced by pragmatism – she is a ballerina who can dance in work boots. Albert Einstein is quoted as saying, “Everything should be made as simple as possible but no simpler.” The work of Julie VandenBerg Snow does this.” She has held visiting professorships at the University of Minnesota College of Architecture where she won the Ralph Rapson Award for Distinguished Teaching, Harvard GSD and Washington University in St. Louis. Her firm received the Architect 50 Award from Architect Magazine for sustainable ethos and design quality. Her brand of Regional Modernism relates to northern Midwestern vernacular architecture. She takes a “quiet approach” to design. Her studio work has been exhibited at the Chicago Architectural Foundation. In 2005, Princeton Architectural Press published the first monograph on her studio’s work in its series on emerging designers from around the world.

MaryAnn Thompson

is a Professor in Practice of Architecture in the Department of Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. She has held visiting professorships at MIT, University of Virginia, University of Michigan and Rhode Island School of Design to name a few. She was the 1995 winner of the Bartholomew County Veterans’ Memorial located in the court house square of Columbus, IN. She was also a 1998 winner of the American Institute of Architects National Design Honor Award and her work has been featured in over 80 publications and over 20 national exhibitions and she has recently co-authored a book entitled, Contemporary Boston Architects, published by Schiffer Publishing, Ltd., 2012. Her architecture, New England Regional Modernism, is derived from the simple vocabulary of post and beam construction indigenous to New England. Her buildings relate to the climates, and ocean landscape of the New England coast line.

Benjamin Horace (Ben) Weese

is a founding principal of Weese Langley Weese. Prior to that he worked for twenty years at Harry Weese and Associates where major projects included the Northside Junior High, Columbus, Indiana. His work has been widely published, exhibited and awarded. He spearheaded campaign to buy and restore H.H. Richarson’s Glessner House in Chicago, is a founding member and ex-officio of the Chicago Architecture Foundation and was awarded the 2011 AIA Chicago Award for Lifetime Achievement. He is a modernist and a regional modernist in his own right whose broad experience with Harry Weese, his brother and subject of the proposed conference will offer great insights into the workings of the office during the period of major works done by Harry in Columbus during this time. As a family member, he will also provide invaluable insights into the relationships between H. Weese and the Saarinens and Aalto

Cynthia Weese

is a founding principal of Weese Langley Weese. Her clients have included the Art Institute of Chicago, the University of Chicago and Northwestern University. Her work has received many awards and she has lectured nationally and internationally. From 1995-2006 she was professor and dean of the School of Architecture at Washington University in St. Louis. Cynthia has been active in the AIA, serving as President of AIA Chicago and vice president of the national AIA Board. She is a founding member of Chicago Women in Architecture and the Chicago Architectural Club and was president of the latter. She currently is a Board member of the Society of Architectural Historians.

T. Kelly Wilson

Director of IUCA+D and co-organizer of the conference, an architect and artist who holds a tenured position as associate professor in the Department of Apparel Merchandising + Interior Design at IUB. Professor Wilson held an Associate Professorship at Harvard Graduate School of Design since 1996, where he taught design and visual studies and co-directed the Harvard Rome Program. His drawings and paintings are shown in New York, Boston, Columbus, Ohio, and Providence, Rhode Island. His drawings and paintings are in the collections of Harvard University, the Boston Public Library, The Rhode Island School of Design, the Ralph Lauren Collection and in many corporate and private holdings. His architectural drawings have been published widely, including the New York Times for the area of Ground Zero in Lower Manhattan and the Columbus Circle Re-Design Project.