Step into the mind of master architect, artist, author, poet, speaker, & business owner, John Marx of Form4 Architects . John is a co-founding partner/Chief Artistic Office at Form4. The firm is best known for shaping the all-amenity tech campus concept in the Silicon Valley. John also designed the area’s first all electric net positive office building.
Philosophically, John is a proponent of Second Century Modernism. He paints, writes poetry, serves on the board of the San Francisco Art Institute, & designs Burning Man installations. He advocates for inclusion of Philosophy, Art, and Poetry in the thoughtful making of place. Keenly aware that architecture is a balancing act between self expression & collaboration, he uses the compelling power of form to create emotionally resonant architecture. He lectures widely, has been published in over 100 publications, and is the recipient of over 160 design awards.
John and I discuss how artistry drive his expression of buildings, the absurdity of beauty, emotional resonance in buildings. We touch on how the facade typology helps differentiate the building expression. John works to remove barriers in the "art and creative world," encouraging people to utilize creative forms of expression. He communicates this through his definition of art as, "The act of sharing your humanity with others through an expressive medium."
John on Sustainability, “The most sustainable things in life are those things you will not throw away because you love them too much”.
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John Marx, Chief Artistic Officer, Form4 Architects
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