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Jelin wins Lawrence Tech's architecture alumni award

Release Date: September 1, 2009

Southfield, Mich. - Gary Jelin, a senior designer with TMP Architecture in Bloomfield Hills, has been named the 2009 recipient of the Distinguished Architecture Alumni Award at Lawrence Technological University.

The award will be presented at a reception for Lawrence Tech architecture alumni Thursday, Sept. 10, in the Architecture Building auditorium on the university's Southfield campus. Jelin will deliver a presentation of his work as part of a lecture series of the College of Architecture and Design.

Jelin, who earned two architecture degrees from Lawrence Tech, has worked at TMP Architecture for 22 years. As vice president for educational design who also directs the firm's Ohio operations, he is responsible for design services for all project phases, project staffing, the firm's design standards development and product research.

Jelin has been the lead designer for school construction projects totaling more than $1 billion.  These projects include high schools ranging in size from 210,000 to 510,000 square feet. He has done site planning services and master planning for school bond issue applications ranging in value from $12 million to $240 million.

From 1978 to 1987, he worked for the firm of Minoru Yamasaki as an associate and then a senior designer.  His projects included a commercial center in Madrid, Spain; a Shinto temple in Kyoto, Japan; and an international airport in Saudi Arabia.

As chairman of the Public Awareness Committee of the American Institute of Architects Detroit, he has coordinated community programs to increase public awareness of architecture.

Jelin served as assistant to Lawrence Tech's architecture dean and was an adjunct faculty member for 10 years. He has chaired the Architecture Alumni Committee and has served as a professional critic for the Architecture Design Five Studio for the past dozen years.

The alumni award recognizes academic, professional and personal achievements; volunteer and community service; and support of the College of Architecture and Design.

Lawrence Tech's College of Architecture and Design is one of the largest architectural schools in the United States and offers four undergraduate and three graduate degrees in addition to certificate programs and a joint degree with the College of Engineering. Approximately half of Michigan's licensed architects are Lawrence Tech alumni.

Lawrence Technological University, ltu.edu, offers nearly 100 undergraduate, master's and doctoral degree programs in 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 and Traverse City. Lawrence Tech also offers programs with partner universities in Canada, Mexico, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.