John Marx, AIA, is a co-founding principal and chief artistic officer of Form4 Architecture in San Francisco, California. He is responsible for developing Form4’s design vision and philosophical language. John has been featured in over 100 publications. His monograph The Absurdity of Beauty - Rebalancing the Modernist Narrative was published by Architectural Review and his watercolor and poetry book ETUDES The Poetry of Dreams + Other Fragments by ORO Press. He has received over 174 design awards and in 2017, became a Laureate of the American Prize for Architecture. In order to return a sense of humanity back into architecture, John advocates for the inclusion of Philosophy, Art, and Poetry in the thoughtful making of place by creating emotionally resonant architecture and urban spaces. He is a part time student of Absurdity, Paradox, Kindness, and Balance.