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John Marshall

Associate Professor of Art and Design
Associate Professor of Architecture
Director, MDes Integrative Design

John Marshall’s creative and scholarly work is design research that results in both exhibitions and publications. Marshall’s research interests include: digital fabrication, tangible user interfaces, design methods, problem-based learning and communication between cross-disciplinary design teams.

Marshall’s studio practice involves a recursive process where multiple stakeholders work together to realize shared goals. Since 1998, Marshall has co-directed rootoftwo, LLC – a hybrid design studio. In 2014, rootoftwo partnered with DAUB (design; architecture; urbanism; building) to create r+d LAB, LLC located at the corner of 4th and Huron in downtown Ann Arbor.

Previously, Marshall worked as part of a collaborative product development team at consumer baby products manufacturer Evenflo Company, Inc. During this time Marshall was instrumental in transitioning the company to a rapid prototyping-based product development process. He has also taught 3D design at Leeds College of Art & Design in the UK.

Since coming to Michigan in 2008, Marshall has collaborated with both a rocket scientist and a brain surgeon (although not at the same time). He is currently writing a textbook with the title ’Introducing Hybrid Design’ for Routledge.

Marshall received a B.A. (Hons) from Glasgow School of Art; an M.F.A. from Ohio State University; an M.A. from Manchester Metropolitan University; and a Ph.D. from Robert Gordon University.