The latest from Marble Fairbanks


February 10, 2017

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library prepares for the first exhibit in their newly renovated space! The media gallery introduces multiple digital displays we designed with Metropolitan interactive to encourage engagement with the extensive collections of the Center. Read more about the renovation work here.

…and check out the project on our website:


October 24, 2016

Marble Fairbanks has been selected for the GSA National IDIQ program focused on innovative workplace design for federal agencies around the country. This initiative is part of the GSA Total Workplace Program to design for the next generation workforce that is more flexible, collaborative, and mobile. Marble Fairbanks is one of twelve firms nationwide selected for projects as part of this program.


September 15, 2016

Karen will be participating in the panel discussion “Where are Libraries Headed?” presented by Brooklyn Public Library and the Architectural League of New York at the Brooklyn Book Festival.
The event is this Sunday, 11am, at the Brooklyn Historical Society. It is free and open to the public, so we hope to see you there!

Thanks, The Brooklyn Paper, for highlighting the event!

Event details can be found here.


November 30, 2015

Our own Karen Fairbanks has been awarded the 2015 Educator Award by the New York State AIA! Since she began at Barnard College’s Department of Architecture in 1996 (and since overseeing the merger of Barnard and Columbia Architecture as department chair), Karen has developed the curriculum’s engagement with urbanism, data analysis, and new forms of digital media and communication. Congrats Karen!


October 6, 2015

New York magazine architecture critic Justin Davidson will lead a conversation with Robert A.M. Stern, Herbert Newman, Kent Bloomer and our own Karen Fairbanks about the role of the public library in the 21st Century. Catch the event at the Center for Architecture on October 21, from 6 to 8PM. RSVP here.


September 28, 2015

We’ve expanded on Re-envisioning Branch Libraries to submit to the Knight News Challenge, “How might we make data work for individuals and communities?

The Knight Foundation is hosting an open call for for ideas that use data to inform and empower people to make decisions about their lives and their communities, and they are offering grants to the winning submissions. With help from our teammates at METRO, Pratt’s School of Information and Library Science, and Office:MG, we plan to empower librarians to act as data interpreters, curators, and storytellers by extending Data / City tools and training.

Anyone is welcome to provide feedback, be it a comment or a like. We’ll have an opportunity refine our submission based on your ideas and questions. Read about our project here to share your feedback.

September 18, 2015

On Wednesday, Scott delivered his introductory lecture at the Georgia Tech School of Architecture titled HERE TO THERE, a journey through a cross section of projects by Marble Fairbanks. The projects are new and old, large and small, built and unbuilt. The accompanying video exhibition includes this wide range of projects and explores each at a depth that makes apparent the collapse of architectural research and practice

Our exhibition HERE TO THERE is showing for the next three weeks in Georgia Tech’s Stubbins Gallery. This exhibition is unique for us in two ways. First, it opens an unprecedented window in the behind-the scene processes of the firm, from commuting to construction. Second, this exhibition is itself a collapse of research and production. Preparing an exhibition is no slight undertaking, but within the process it has been an opportunity to explore new forms of communication and speculate about their application to future work.


July 26, 2015

Last week, FC Harlem representatives stood alongside executives, manager and first team players from their sponsor Chelsea Football Club to announce the launch of the iconic new Blue Pitch training facility in Harlem that will serve as a revolutionary, year-round community hub for local youth soccer players. Our design for the site, located on 145th Street and Riverside Drive, will completely regenerate the land under the Henry Hudson Highway and will be an anchor venue to support FC Harlem and other community programs year-round. Construction is due to begin in early 2016.

The two teams, with support from the rest of FC Harlem’s sponsors, celebrated the dedication with a 2v2 tournament in Harlem. Check out the recent news coverage below for more photos and details. Action shot courtesy of the FC Harlem Lions.

FC Harlem & Adidas Welcome CFC to NYC — Soccer Bible

Chelsea FC Dedicates “Blue Pitch” Site for FC Harlem Training Ground — The Original Winger


June 13, 2015

30 Years of Emerging Voices is now available! The book documents over 250 of the most innovative North American design firms from the past three decades.

Our work is featured in the 1994-1998 section, following a compelling forward by Thomas de Monchaux. In it he writes, “Marble and Fairbanks—alongside peers like Brad Cloepfield and Tom Buresh and Danelle Guthrie—have meticulously applied computational thinking to the repetitions and inspirations of fabrication (digital and material culture compressed inside a thousand laminations of quivering plywood).”

Get your copy of the book here using the code “VOICES” for a discounted price!


May 22, 2015

The AIA’s inaugural Intersections Between Academy and Practice conference earlier this month focused on the nexus between architectural education and practice—specifically, how applied research can directly advance the practice of architecture. Scott lectured on the Columbia Building Intelligence Project (C BIP), a research program designed to explore new forms of technology-enabled collaborative design workflows within architectural education. C BIP is comprised of integrated design studios supported by local and international think tanks along with and research seminars at GSAPP.