Marshall Brown is an assistant professor at the College of Architecture at Illinois Institute of Technology, where he teaches architecture and urban design. He also was appointed the first Saarinen Architecture Fellow at the Cranbrook Academy of Art and is teaching with Architect in Residence William Massie during the 2010-11 school year.
Brown earned a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Architecture from Washington University in 1995, and earned master’s degrees in architecture and urban design in 2000 from Harvard University, where he won the Druker Traveling Fellowship for urban design.
In 2004, Brown co-founded the Yards Development Workshop, a collaborative organization of architects and planners formed to develop an alternative plan for the MTA Vanderbilt Rail Yards in Brooklyn, NY. The workshop has been covered in numerous publications, including Architectural Record, the New York Daily News and El Diario.
Among his honors, Brown received a 2009-10 ACSA/AIAS New Faculty Teaching Award and was selected as a 2010 MacDowell Fellow. He also was awarded a 2009 Rotch Travelling Studio grant to study French colonial architecture urbanism in Agadir, Morocco, a city reconstructed according to CIAM Athens Charter principles after an earthquake in 1960.
Brown is currently working on a pictorial essay titled “Mashup City” for publication in the magazine The Believer, as well as a scenario plan that envisions the center of Chicago as a center of the world.