Edward M. Orlowski is an associate professor of Architecture at Lawrence Technological University, and the former chair of the department. He holds a BS in Architecture from Lawrence Institute of Technology, and a Master of Architecture from the University of Michigan. He has been a licensed architect in the state of Michigan since 1996, and has practiced with firms such as Luckenbach | Ziegelman, (where he participated in the design of the AIA-award-winning Environmental Interpretive Center at the University of Michigan-Dearborn) and the SmithGroup.
He was the creator of the first studio related to the topic of sustainability at Lawrence Tech, and has overseen its growth and development. In addition, he has created and directs a design studio focusing upon architectural practice within a model of activism. He is the coordinator of Integrated Design Five, a multi-component course focused on the relationship between the architect and the public sphere. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects (Urban Priorities Committee), the SEED Network, and Architects, Planners, and Designers for Social Responsibility. He is President of the Association for Community Design, and initiated that organization’s Strategic Plan process. He is the founder of Atelier MULE, a public interest design and research lab.
On campus he is the faculty advisor for the LTU Chapter of Habitat for Humanity, and is a faculty fellow of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity.
He has presented papers to numerous conferences both in the United States and abroad on sustainability and activist design paradigms. His chapter “House of Blues: The Shotgun and Scarcity Culture in the Mississippi Delta” was published in the Ashgate book “Reading the Architecture of the Underprivileged Classes”.