Marc Manack

Associate Professor, Architecture
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Marc Manack AIA NCARB is an architect, an associate professor at the UNC Charlotte School of Architecture, and is founding principal of the architecture and design practice SILO AR+D.  

His professional design work and creative practice have been recognized nationally and internationally in numerous publications, exhibitions, and design awards. In 2016, Manack was selected as an Emerging Voice by The Architectural League of New York, a competition that recognizes North American individuals and firms with distinct design voices and significant bodies of realized work.  In 2018, SILO AR+D was recognized as a Next Progessive by Architect Magazine. 

Manack’s research focuses on the relationship between design processes, project delivery, and organizations of practice. He is interested in how that relationship is affected by emerging cultural and technological phenomena, leading to advanced possibilities for expression and new definitions for practice in architecture.  He has taught previously at the University of Arkansas Fay Jones School of Architecture, Kent State University College of Architecture and Environmental Design, and at Ohio State University's Austin E. Knowlton School of Architecture, from where he is also a graduate. Visit Website.

Explore HIS recent work

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MANACK'S FIRM AND STUDENTS DESIGN HABITAT HOUSE PROTOTYPE: Habitat for Humanity Cabarrus County was looking for help in rethinking the design of their houses to be more efficient and more affordable. Manack was intrigued by the challenge and took on the task pro bono through his firm, SILO AR+D, enlisting the participation of two undergraduate architecture students who are designers with the firm, Amelia Gates and Nick Sturm.

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Manack has received a 2018 Merit Award from American Institute of Architects North Carolina (AIA NC) for the Hillside Rock House, designed by his practice, SILO AR+D.The Hillside Rock House is in Fayetteville, Ark., and is described by SILO AR+D: "The Hillside Rock House" is located on a dramatically sloping three-quarter acre wooded site. The house is designed as an abstract geologic outcropping whose form emerges from physical transformation in response to the desire to provide distinct views from each main living space."

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Cleveland Ohio | 2015 | Exhibition Installation by SILO AR+D: Reflects is a treehouse without trees located in the Cleveland Botanical Garden's "Secret Garden" courtyard. Manack's practice saw this limitation as an opportunity to transform the treehouse it into a unique sculptural object. As a point of departure, the gabled house profile creates an iconic and memorable image. The house archetype floats above the surrounding walls.