Department of architecture

Over the last five years, the Department of Architecture has refined the architecture curriculum, instituting significant revisions to the design studio course sequence – the core of the architecture curriculum – and to the visual communication sequence—the courses that address graphic interpretive skills and understandings.  Most courses, including our design studios and technical courses, now include a lab component.  The labs support other styles of learning, experimental and speculative work, hands-on experience, and other activities.  Class sizes are small: only three architecture courses enroll more than 15 students in each class section. The program has instigated a coordinated move toward greater clarity within all course syllabi and documents, foregrounding linked sets of objectives and measures that organize each activity.  

With these developments, the central idea of the program remains rooted in practice and technology.  Each of the revisions is a refinement of the program’s long-standing commitment to design technology.  It is the intention of the program to ask what each technology really means, consider its best use, and consider the most intelligent use of resources, all as ways of fostering the public and private good and dedicated to the intelligent making of architectural and urban space.


  • Five from LTU inducted into ESD's College of Fellows


    At its annual dinner held at the Detroit Institute of Arts in June the Engineering Society of Detroit (ESD) inducted new members into its prestigious College of Fellows, including five from Lawrence Technological University.

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    Jul 9

    LTU co-hosts conference on architecture for underserved communities


    Lawrence Technological University teamed up with Design Corps to host the 15th Structures for Inclusion (SFI) Conference, which was held April 10-12 at the Carr Center Art Gallery in Detroit. The annual event features the best public interest design projects from around the world.

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    Apr 13

  • Architecture students design two Ferndale parks


    Lawrence Tech University students have taken advantage of the the opportunity to get some real-world experience by helping out Ferndale with the design of two parks.

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    Apr 6

    Frank Lloyd Wright monographs donated to Lawrence Tech


    With an assist from alumnus and adjunct professor Ben Tiseo, BSAr’78, Lawrence Technological University has received a set of 12 rare monographs by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

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    Jan 1

  • Plowright seeks to demystify design in architecture


    Associate Professor Philip Plowright of LTU’s Department of Architecture has written a book that seeks to take the mystery out of designing a building. “Revealing Architectural Design: Methods, Frameworks and Tools” was published earlier this year by Routledge.

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    Nov 3

    Master of Architecture degree gains reaccreditation

    The Master of Architecture (M.Arch) program at Lawrence Technological University has gained reaccreditation for eight years through 2021 from the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB).

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    Oct 27