Annual Michael Owen Jones Lecture to be Given at the U.Va. School of Architecture

January 31, 2007

Jan. 31, 2007 -- Award-winning architects Scott Marble and Karen Fairbanks of Marble Fairbanks Architects in New York will give the Michael Owen Jones Memorial Lecture at the University of Virginia's School of Architecture on Feb. 2 from 5-6:30 p.m. in Campbell Hall, Rooms 158 and 160. Their lecture, "Expanded Alliances: Industry and Beyond, " will explore their work as architects and educators.

An exhibition of their work in the School of Architecture's Elmaleh Gallery will begin with an opening reception in the Architecture's school's Elmaleh Gallery on Feb. 1 at 6:30 p.m. and will run through Feb. 23.

Since Marble and Fairbanks founded their practice in 1990, their work has garnered numerous honors and design awards, including three Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design awards for their projects Tenn Cultural Institute, Vertical Townhouse and Open Loft. Marble and Fairbanks were selected for the "Forty under Forty" award by the Architectural League of New York, which recognizes the top forty architects under the age of forty. The firm has also been selected as a winner in the Architectural League of New York's Young Architects and Emerging Voices programs. Marble Fairbanks was chosen from more than 600 participating offices worldwide as a finalist in the Nara Convention Hall International Design Competition in Nara, Japan. The project was exhibited around the world and at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, where the project drawings are part of the permanent collection.

Since 1989 both Marble and Fairbanks have taught at Columbia University, where they received their master's of architecture degrees.

Marble and Fairbank's talk will be in Campbell Hall, Rooms 158 and 160, 5-6:30 p.m.

The Michael Owen Jones Lectureship is an opportunity for young design professionals to bring their enthusiasm and talent to the School of Architecture with a lecture in the fall or spring semester. The family of Michael Owen Jones, who graduated from the School of Architecture in 1985, funds the lectureship.

For more information contact Alice Keys at (434) 924-7019 or