John Marx, AIA, Co-Founder 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, this 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 cofounding Form4 Architecture in 1998, he was a design director at KMD Architects. While CAO of Form4 he has been the recipient of over 135 international design awards, and is a 2017 Laureate of the American Prize for Architecture, also known as the Louis H. Sullivan Award. Marx has lectured and published nationally and internationally on the topics of Design, Place-making, Emotional Meaning and Cultural Vibrancy. Marx’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-Champaign.