Marquise Stillwell is a designer and a catalyst for building communities and products across design, art, and culture. His career spans across two decades, and his curiosity for people and spaces developed into a passion for designing systems to make environments better for all people.
In 2009, Marquise founded Openbox, a design research and planning studio based in New York that works at the intersection of people, cities, and planet. Within Openbox, he later cofounded Opendox, a film company that tells lesser-known narratives around art, science, nature, and politics.
Marquise has executive produced The New Bauhaus and most recently codirected This World Is Not My Own, which premiered at SXSW and Hot Docs. He has also cofounded Deem Journal, a biannual print journal and online platform focused on design as social practice, and Urban Ocean Lab, a think tank for the future of coastal cities.
Most recently, he acquired Stae, a go-to open-source data hub that allows people to visualize and leverage open city data in a meaningful way.
Additionally, Marquise serves as a board member for the Center for Architecture and the Public Housing Community Fund as well as on advisory boards for Creative Capital, Riverkeeper, and Black Girls Shred. He is also a member of the High Line Advisory Committee, a fellow at Urban Design Forum, and was a founding board member and co-chair at the Lowline, the first underground park.