John Marx, AIA and Chief Artistic Officer, is responsible for developing Form4 Architecture’s design vision and philosophical language. He advocates for art, philosophy and poetry in the thoughtful making of place through the emotional power of form with an awareness that architecture is a balancing act between self-expression and collaboration. Artistically, Lyrical Expressionism has been the focus of this exploration.
Prior to becoming a Principal at Form4 Architecture in 1999, John was a design director at KMD Architects. While CAO of Form4, he has been the recipient of over 135 international design awards. John has widely lectured on the topics of Design, Placemaking, and Cultural Vibrancy in Silicon Valley at places as diverse as Korea, Italy, Austria, Australia, Canada and the Technion in Israel.
John’s design work and writing has been published in over 100 national and international publications, including the Architect’s Newspaper, Architect
Magazine, ARCADE, FORM Magazine, Domus, Architectural Review, Architectural Record, Space Magazine, Arts and Architecture, and ArchDaily.
John’s first book, Wandering the Garden of Technology and Passion (Balcony Press, 2012), is a study of digital design that explores two decades of his international and national design work. In 2016, he exhibited his work at the Venice Biennale of Architecture in the Global Art Affairs Foundation exhibition titled “Time-Space-Existence.”
John Marx received his Bachelor of Science in Architecture Studies with High Honors from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champai and is a registered architect in the state of California.