Founding Partners

Scott Marble AIA

Scott Marble is a founding partner of Marble Fairbanks Architects in New York and was recently appointed Professor and Chair of the School of Architecture at Georgia Institute of Technology. He was previously Associate Adjunct Professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation where he was Director of Fabrication Research from 2004 – 2008 and Director of Integrated Design from 2009-2015. During this time, Scott also directed The Columbia Building Intelligence Project (CBIP), an industry-funded pilot research project exploring technology-enabled collaborative processes in design. He was honored with the 2014 Award of Excellence for Innovative Academic Programs from ACADIA, The Association for Computer-Aided Design in Architecture in recognition of this project. Scott is a frequent lecturer in the area of digital technologies and industry and recently completed the book Digital Workflows in Architecture: Design, Assembly, Industry published by Birkhauser.

Scott received his Master of Architecture degree from Columbia University and his Bachelor of Environmental Design degree from Texas A&M University. In 2012 he was a recipient of the Outstanding Alumni Award from Texas A&M University.

Recent news:
October 2, 2017

Scott will give a keynote presentation at the AIAS Research Symposium, Crit Live at Georgia Institute of Technology on October 14, 2017.
September 29, 2017

Scott will be presenting and moderating a panel on The Future of Practice at the 2017 Digital Building Lab annual symposium on October 6, 2017 at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, GA. This theme of this years symposium is AEC Entrepreneurship, Creating the High Tech Building Economy and will feature speakers from all sectors of the AEC industry.

Karen Fairbanks AIA LEED AP

Karen Fairbanks is a founding partner of Marble Fairbanks where she has focused on the design and planning for both public and private educational and cultural clients. She has extensive experience with current library design, and her work as a member and current Chair of the American Libraries Association Committee for Buildings for College and University Libraries includes panels and presentations on library design around the country. Karen is currently the Director for Educational Affairs for the New York Chapter of the AIA, and she previously served on the Scholarship Committee and as Co-Chair of the NYC AIA Design Awards Committee. She has been a juror for architecture awards panels across the country and lectures extensively on the work of the firm.

Karen received her Master of Architecture Degree from Columbia University where she was selected for the SOM Travelling Fellowship, a William Kinne Traveling Fellowship, and the AIA Medal. She received a Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree from the University of Michigan and was honored by Michigan as the 2013 Distinguished Alumna of Taubman College of Architecture. Prior to forming Marble Fairbanks, she worked on award-winning educational and institutional projects at firms in New York City and Boston. Karen was included in the book The Architect: Women in Contemporary Architecture published by The Images Publishing Group.

Karen is the Claire Tow Professor of Professional Practice and Chair of the Architecture Department at Barnard College. As Department Chair she oversaw the merger of the Barnard and Columbia architecture programs and has developed the current department curriculum and the digital architecture lab. She teaches architecture design studios and courses on architecture and technology. While at Barnard she has participated in the capital planning of the campus – including service on the Capital Campaign Advisory Committee, the Long Range Capital Planning Committee, the Master Plan committee, the Trustee’s Buildings, Grounds, and Environment Committee, and the Teaching and Learning Center Steering Committee. Karen brings this extensive knowledge of institutional organizations and the specific needs of academic clients to the work of Marble Fairbanks.

Recent news:
January 19, 2018

We are proud to announce that Karen will be honored at this year’s Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation Leadership Awards Gala. The Oculus Award is given to an individual who demonstrates significant leadership in teaching and research, enhancing and furthering understanding of gender issues in architecture and related fields. Please visit to find tickets and […]
August 9, 2017

Karen will present recent library work at the Center for Architecture (AIANY)‘s event, 2017 NYC DDC Design Guidelines: Age-Friendly Innovations. Read more about the presentation and how to attend here.