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Design Awards

Jury Chair - 2024 Central States Excellence in Design Awards

Karen Fairbanks, FAIA, LEED AP
Partner | Marble Fairbanks

Karen Fairbanks is a founding partner of Marble Fairbanks Architects where she has focused on the design and planning for both public and private educational and cultural clients. Throughout the development of her practice, Karen has led the architecture department at Barnard College where she is the Claire Tow Professor of Professional Practice and Department Chair. At Barnard, she has been instrumental in the capital planning of the campus, and she brings this extensive knowledge of institutional organizations and the specific needs of academic clients to the work of Marble Fairbanks. Karen has been recognized with the Oculus Award by the Beverly Willis Foundation, as the Educator of the Year by the AIA New York State, and was honored by the University of Michigan with the Distinguished Alumna Award. Marble Fairbanks is a design-driven, client-focused architecture firm located in New York City. The practice has received local, national, and international design awards and their work has been exhibited in galleries and museums around the world, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York where their drawings are part of the museum’s permanent collection.

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