Department of Architecture



Architecture at Lawrence Technological University (LTU)

The School of Architecture was established at Lawrence Institute of Technology in 1962 and, with the addition of art and design programs, became the College of Architecture and Design in 1989.  The College offers a broad range of professional design programs in addition to architecture, including interior design, urban design, graphic design, industrial design, game art, and other programs.  These programs provide aspiring design professionals with a comprehensive education and preparation for careers in design and other relevant and fulfilling public and private sector endeavors. 

The architecture program at LTU seeks to develop graduates committed to an articulate and thoughtful approach to socially relevant design. The program supports creative inquiry and critical thinking as the basis for design insight, and clear communication as a design objective. The programs emphasize investigation and collaboration through courses that address relationships among the disciplines, including design, technology, the sciences, and the humanities.  Students are expected to maintain high standards of excellence: they are highly respected by employers and win significant design competitions.



The Latest From LTU_CoAD



Department of Art and Design receives 10 year renewal of its accreditation

NOV 11 – The College of Architecture and Design is proud to announce the most recent action taken by the Commission of National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).  The university was granted the full 10 year renewal of membership for the following degrees: Bachelor of Interior Architecture (also CIDA accredited); Bachelor of Science: Industrial Design and Transportation Design; Bachelor of Fine Arts: Game Art, Graphic Design, and Interaction Design; Master of Interior Design.


Asst. Professor Ashton - Judge for Independent Games Festival

Nov 7 - Mars Ashton, Director and Assistant Professor of Game Art has been invited to critique, judge and nominate submissions to the Independent Games Festival for various Excellency Awards and the Seumas McNally Grand Prize. This year over 650 games have been submitted to the competition and festival.

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Professor Kim awarded through the 2016 Knight Arts Challenge Detroit

NOV 4 – Professor Kim’s proposal for the Mapping Cart through the LTU Detroit Studio was funded by the Knight Foundation. The project is one of 45 projects will bring high-quality arts experiences to Detroit neighborhoods to challenge and inspire us to think differently about the city and our lives. 

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Screen-Shot-2016-11-02-at-14.38.25.png Ruth Adler Schnee: A Life In Design Exhibition
NOV 4 - An exhibition of Ruth Adler Schnee's work opens Friday, 11/4/16 at CoAD's Detroit Center of Design and Technology. One of the founding figures of contemporary textile design in America, Schnee collaborated with many modern American architecture and design luminaries including Buckminster Fuller (working on the Ford Rotunda) and Minoru Yamaski (World Trade Center), Frank Lloyd Wright (Affleck House), Eero Saarinen, and Charles and Ray Eames. The opening reception begins at 5:30pm.
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Screen-Shot-2016-11-02-at-15.28.48.png Architect Juan Rois Lecture
NOV 3 - Architect Juan Rois will give a lecture in the A200 auditorium of CoAD's Southfield Campus on Thursday, 11/3/16. Currently, Rois is Professor of Architecture at the National University of Rosario and maintains an Argentinian based practice in Rosario. The lecture will begin at 5:30pm. 
AIAS Students build an accessible ramp
Oct 30 - The AIAS Freedom By Design Student Group completed an accessible residential ramp in St. Claire Shores.  Students designed, raised funding, and constructed the ramp.
CoAD Film Series - Ruth Adler Schnee
OCT 27 - The CoAD Film Series introduces the work of Ruth Adler Schnee with a screening of "Radiant Sun: Designer Ruth Adler Schnee", a film by Terri Sarris. The film premieres in auditorium A200 at 5:30pm.
Nuri Miller lectures on Digital Design
OCT 26 - Nuri Miller, Director of Digital Design and Technology from CO Architects in Los Angeles spoke to students and faculty about recent work and the impact of technology on the firms's design process.
Professor Gyure's essay included in Michigan Modern 
OCT 25 - Professor Dale Gyure's essay on Minoru Yamasaki is included in Michigan Modern: Design that Shaped America.
Prof. Stevens profiled on MaterialDriven
OCT 24 - Chair of Architecture Jim Stevens' work in the makeLab was profiled this month on the blog MaterialDriven.
Professor Gyure lecturing on the Architectural Humanism of Yamasaki
OCT 23 - Professor Dale Gyure will be speaking this weekend as part of a symposium at Cranbrook on Saving a Legacy: Minoru Yamasaki.  Prof. Gyure will present “Serenity and Delight: The Architectural Hunanism of Yamasaki”.  Lecture will be Sunday, October 23 | 3:00pm - 5:00pm.
Asst. Professor Ashton presents at Meaningful Play 
OCT 20 - Mars Ashton, Director and Assistant Professor of Game Art presented a "mid-mortem" regarding his game Axis Descending on the Meaningful Play Postmortems Panel, exploring the do's and don't's of the project.
Asst. Professor Crum speaks at AIGA workshop 
OCT 9 - Asst. Professor Lilian Crum spoke at the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) Frontier Conference in Bozeman, Montana about "Teaching a Healthier Creative Process".
Professor Gyure authors chapter for Designing Schools
OCT 8 - Professor Dale Gyure wrote a book chapter on "casual schools" in the 1950's for the book Designing Schools: Space, Place and Pedagogy.
Assoc. Dean Shall receives Ford C3 grant to cut affordable housing cost in half
OCT 5 – Assoc. Dean Shall received a $25,000 Ford College Community Challenge grant that could revolutionize the production of affordable housing – starting with one new home in Pontiac.
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Sherry Tuffin presents work at Digital Humanities Conference
SEPT 30 - Sherry Tuffin, of CoAD's Architecture Resource Center (ARC), presented a paper at the Network Detroit 2016 Digital Humanities Conference at Wayne State University on "The Power of Digital Stories to Strengthen Community at Universities".
Prof. Kim receives National Endowment For The Arts Grant
SEPT 29 – Professor Joongsub Kim has won the National Endowment for the Arts Grant Award (NEA) for his Detroit Studio project "West End Tapestry". This project will transform neglected Detroit parks into multipurpose bike stations through art, design, and community workshops.
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Dean Daubmann presents at the 2016 AIA Michigan Design Retreat
SEPT 24 - Dean Daubmann shared his work on highway urbanism at the 2016 AIA Design Retreat.  The project was developed under the umbrella of a broader research project called Rules of the Road.  The project recently won a 2016 AIA Michigan Design Award.
Professor Gyure receives two grants for book on Yamasaki
SEPT 14 – Professor Gyure received two grants to support his work on a new book on the architecture of Minoru Yamasaki.
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SUMMER 2016  
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Farlow named Distinguished Architecture Alumnus
AUG 4 – Mark Farlow has been selected to receive the 2016 Distinguished Architecture Alumni Award by the Architecture Cabinet of the Lawrence Technological University Alumni Association.
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Noted architect Daniel Winey named to Lawrence Tech Board of Trustees
JULY 22 – Daniel W. Winey, chief operating officer of the global architecture, design, planning, and consulting firm Gensler, has been elected to the Lawrence Technological University Board of Trustees.
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Prof. Ragheb and CoAD students recognized by CSI

June 21 - Assoc. Professor Ash Ragheb and CoAD students were recognized with multiple awards from US Construction and Specifications Institute CSI, Detroit Chapter. Dr. Ragheb was awarded Richard Edwards Education Award.  CSI also awarded their annual Robert T. Hobson scholarship to LTU Senior students: MeMe Thinn and Janelle Schmidt with first and second place, respectively.

Professors Bodurow and Hennebury discuss Societal Challenges
June 15 - Professors Bodurow and Hennebury present peer reviewed architectural design and theory research at the EAAE/ARCC International Conference Societal Challenges in Lisbon, Portugal.