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Lawrence Tech exhibits works of three retired architecture professors

Release Date: August 31, 2011

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – The work of retired Professors John Sheoris, Joseph Savin and Harvey Ferrero will be on display at Lawrence Technological University through Friday, Sept. 23, as part of the new Master Practitioner Folio Series presented by Lawrence Tech’s College of Architecture and Design.

The exhibition of photographs, drawings, sketches, digital images and illustrations is displayed in the gallery of the University Technology and Learning Center, 21000 West Ten Mile Road in Southfield. There is no charge, and the exhibit is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

“Through their many years of service, these professors have enriched the lives of the university, the college, and the students they taught,” said Dean Glen LeRoy of Lawrence Tech’s College of Architecture and Design.

After a year as an adjunct professor, Sheoris joined the full-time faculty at Lawrence Tech in 1981 and taught until 2001. A graduate of Yale University with two degrees in architecture, he came to Detroit in 1953 to serve as director of design at Harley, Ellington and Day. In 1963, he moved to Smith, Hinchman & Grylls Associates, where he became corporate vice president and director of the health facilities division.

Sheoris was responsible for the design of major local, national and international health facilities, including a trauma/clinic center in Taipei, Taiwan, and a military hospital in Nuremberg, Germany. In 1973, he was named a fellow of the American Institute of Architects.

Between 1969 and 2010, Savin taught architectural design for 35 years at Lawrence Tech and six years at the University of Michigan, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in architecture in 1955.

His second job as an architect was with Eero Saarinen & Associates in Bloomfield Hills where he worked on the TWA Terminal Building in New York. He worked for three firms while teaching and was president of Savin, Wycoff, Phillips Architects. He now has his own firm, Joseph F. Savin Architect.

Ferrero taught architecture from 1962 to 2002 and also worked as an architectural illustrator. After graduating from Lawrence Tech in 1955, he was drafted by the U.S. Army and worked as an illustrator for industrial designers at the Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Maryland. He apprenticed for Bruce Goff in Oklahoma for two years before returning to Detroit to become a registered architect and a professor.

For more information on the exhibit, see this link.

Lawrence Technological University,, offers more than 100 undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degree programs in the Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Management. Founded in 1932, the 4,500-student, private university pioneered evening classes and today has a growing number of weekend and online programs. Lawrence Tech’s 102-acre campus is in Southfield, and programs are also offered in Detroit, Lansing, Petoskey, Traverse City and Toronto. Lawrence Tech also partners with universities in Mexico, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.