Glen LeRoy, the dean of the College of Architecture and Design at Lawrence Technological University, is this year’s recipient of the Gold Medal from the American Institute of Architects Michigan.
The Gold Medal is the highest honor that can be given to an AIA Michigan architect. It will be presented to LeRoy at AIA Michigan’s annual Celebration of Architecture on June 7 at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum in East Lansing.
A native of New Orleans, LeRoy earned a bachelor’s degree in architecture at Tulane University in 1973. After some practice experience, he received a Master of Architecture and a Master of City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania in 1976. He later added a master’s degree in architecture from Tulane in 2004.
Throughout his career, LeRoy has balanced teaching and practice. While teaching at the University of Kansas for 21 years, he founded the award-winning Kansas City Urban Design Studio, which was credited with changing the dialogue in the city regarding design and planning.
For his work in the Urban Design Studio, LeRoy was elevated to a Fellowship in the American Institute of Architects in 1999. He became a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners two years later.
He also was a principal in Gould Evans Associates, with offices in Kansas City and six other cities. He led the firm to national prominence in urban design, planning, and campus planning, as well as architecture.
Since becoming dean in 2005, LeRoy has transformed and stabilized LTU’s College of Architecture and Design through program diversification, applied research, international studies, and technological integration. He instituted a work/study graduate fellowship program with Detroit area firms that has raised in excess of $1 million in direct fellowship aid and employment support for graduate students.
Under his leadership, LTU’s College of Architecture and Design is establishing a consolidated design center in the urban core of Detroit, which is scheduled to open in early 2015. The Center for Design and Technology will feature design studios, an exhibition gallery, academic research facilities, K-12 design education programs, and community partnerships.
LeRoy’s AIA Michigan leadership has included serving on the Fellows Committee, the board of directors, and the board’s executive committee. He served as AIA Michigan board educational liaison from 2008-2011 and recently completed a three-year term as Michigan’s regional director to the AIA National Board of Directors. In 2010, he received the AIA Michigan President’s Award.
LeRoy has received over 70 professional, community service, and academic awards and honors. He has delivered over 200 public or scholarly presentations and has been published over 30 times.