Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design at the University of Michigan

John Marshall

John Marshall

Associate Professor, School of Art & Design

Associate Professor, Taubman College of Architecture & Urban Planning
Director, MDes Integrative Design


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Office: 1016 AA
Phone: (734) 615-8062
Personal Website

Curriculum Vitae

Ph.D. Robert Gordon University, 2008
M.A. Manchester Metropolitan University, 1997
M.F.A. Ohio State University, 1996
B.A.(Hons) Glasgow School of Art, 1993


John Marshall’s creative and scholarly work is design research that results in both exhibitions and publications. Marshall’s 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 located at the corner of 4th and Huron in downtown Ann Arbor.

Previously, Marshall worked as part of a collaborative product development team at consumer baby products manufacturer Evenflo Company, Inc. During this time Marshall was instrumental in transitioning the company to a rapid prototyping-based product development process. He taught 3D design at Leeds College of Art & Design in the UK.

Since joining the faculty at Stamps in 2008, Marshall has collaborated with both a rocket scientist and a brain surgeon (although not at the same time). He is currently writing a textbook with the title ‘Introducing Hybrid Design’ for Routledge.


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News Featuring John Marshall

John Marshall’s Whithervanes Featured in Wired, FastCo and Dezeen
John Marshall Interviewed in Dwell Magazine
John Marshall in Panel Discussion With Mary Miss
Seth Ellis & John Marshall: Tales of Getting Things Made in “The D”
rootoftwo and daub: Center for Land Use Interpretation’s Wendover Residence Program
John Marshall Presents at Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History
MOCAD: Post-Industrial Complex
Designing the Future
Artists “Occupy” Chicago Virtually
rootoftwo and daub in DLECTRICITY
A&D Faculty: SIGGRAPH 2012
rootoftwo: Post-Industrial Complex at MoCAD
John Marshall Presents at the ACSA Teachers Seminar 2011
John Marshall Presents at “Rust Belt to Artist Belt III”
John Marshall on Smart Design Committee
John Marshall Advises, Programs, Reviews
Future of Technology Conference
John Marshall: THR_33 (Tea House for Robots)
John Marshall: Drawing on Sculpture