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John Marshall

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

John Marshall is an associate professor of architecture at the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. He also holds a joint appointment as an associate professor of art and design at U-M’s Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design, where he directs the MDes Integrative Design program. Marshall’s creative and scholarly work is design research that results in both exhibitions and publications. His 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 in downtown Ann Arbor.

Previously, Marshall worked as part of a collaborative product development team at baby products manufacturer Evenflo Company Inc. During that time, Marshall was instrumental in transitioning the company to a rapid prototyping-based product development process.

Since joining Taubman College in 2008, Marshall has collaborated with both a rocket scientist and a brain surgeon. He currently is writing a forthcoming textbook, Introducing Hybrid Design, for Routledge.

Marshall received a Bachelor of Arts (with honors) from Glasgow School of Art, a Master of Fine Arts from The Ohio State University, a Master of Arts from Manchester Metropolitan University, and a PhD from Robert Gordon University.