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

John Marshall

John Marshall

Assistant Professor, School of Art & Design

Assistant Professor, Taubman College of Architecture & Urban Planning
Design Science Ph.D. Program
Multidisciplinary Design Program


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

Curriculum Vitae

Ph.D. (Design and Technology), Robert Gordon University, 2008 M.A. (Art as Environment), Manchester Metropolitan University, 1997 M.F.A. (Sculpture), Ohio State University, 1996 B.A.(Hons) (Fine Art), Glasgow School of Art, 1993


John Marshall’s practice and research focuses on a discipline-agnostic, collaborative approach to designing and making that recognizes the boundaries of the problem being addressed, not the artificial boundaries of traditionally-defined disciplinary practice. In 1998, he co-founded rootoftwo - a hybrid art and design studio that makes experimental objects and spaces that seek to challenge perceptions, expectations and established behavior. Marshall’s current scholarly research seeks a better understanding of what makes cross-disciplinary collaborations successful. He has presented and published his research in Australia, Brazil, China, Denmark, Japan, Macedonia, the Netherlands, UK and US. Marshall is co-author (with Julian Bleecker) of the chapter ‘Undisciplinarity’ in the book “Digital Blur: Stories from the Edge of Creative Design Practice”, Rodgers and Smyth (eds.) Libri Publishing, 2010.

rootoftwo and PLY Architecture collaborated on ‘THR_33 (Teahouse for Robots)’ – a project for the ‘Trouble in Paradise/Medi(t)ation of Survival’ at the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Japan, 2010. Marshall also collaborated with PLY Architecture on the ‘Shadow Pavilion’ - a temporary structure for Matthaei Botanical Garden, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA. This project received an AIA 2010 Small Project Practitioners Award, Architect Magazine’s 2010 R+D Award for architectural research and was highly commended in the 2011 ar+d Awards for Emerging Architecture (RIBA, London).

Marshall was a member of the advisory board of a two-day conference on interdisciplinary collaboration in data visualization titled 'Making Visible the Invisible' at University of Huddersfield, UK, 2011. Marshall was also a member of the programming committees for the 'Create11' interaction design symposium at Shoreditch House, London, UK, 2011 and the ‘First International Conference on Smart Design’ at Nottingham Trent University, UK, 2011.

Marshall was a member of the curatorial committee for the Siggraph Art Gallery exhibition 'BioLogic: A Natural History of Digital Life' in New Orleans, 2009. He co-curated the art, design and technology exhibition 'Perimeters, Boundaries and Borders' in Lancaster, UK, 2006. He is also a co-initiator of v1b3, an international curatorial project that presents video art in the built environment.

From 1999-2003 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.


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News Featuring John Marshall

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