Architecture+Design News

LTU Quadrangle
June 24, 2019

Lawrence Tech, Hartland High School in new agreement for architecture courses

Lawrence Technological University and Hartland High School have signed a new agreement that will allow Hartland students to take two accelerated LTU architecture and design courses in the summer, with scholarship support to reduce costs.
ACE Mentor
May 15, 2019

Berkley High School students win ACE Michigan design competition at LTU

A team of high school students from Berkley High School was recognized as the winner of the 2018-19 ACE Mentor Program of Michigan in an honors dinner Tuesday night at Lawrence Technological University.
U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich.
May 11, 2019

Stabenow to LTU grads: "We can't wait to see what you will become"

The way U.S. Sen Debbie Stabenow sees it, today’s society faces many challenges stemming from constant, chaotic change—from a changing climate, to wrenching economic upheavals, to the effects of modern technology, to increasing levels of misinformation and political division. But giving a Commencement address at Lawrence Technological University Saturday afternoon, Stabenow expressed confidence that LTU graduates are up to the challenge.

May 9, 2019

2019 ACD Fellowship open for applications!

ACD is offering a 9-month fellowship (July 2019 - March 2020) for practitioners who would like to increase their knowledge and skills in community-engaged design. The Fellowship will provide strategic and holistic support for a small cohort of designers, planners, and other built environment professionals, in order to build their capacity to practice community-engaged design.

Visit the 2019 Fellowship page for more details on the program.

Game Design Rankings
May 8, 2019

LTU's Game Design Program Ranks #17 in the Nation According to Animation Career Review

Lawrence Technological University (LTU) is home to the College of Architecture and Design (CoAD), which houses the Department of Art and Design. Here, aspiring game designers can earn a BFA in Game Art. Per the school, students in the program take an Integrated Game Studio sequence throughout their Sophomore and Junior years, “that acts as a platform for professional practice, bringing together the University's disciplines in order to produce and release games within the curriculum itself.”

The Game Art curriculum “employs an industry-applicable approach that includes art asset creation, asset integration, defining narrative and storytelling techniques and collaborative development practices between artists and programmers within the Game Software Development program under the Arts & Sciences College at Lawrence Technological University.”

The project-focused, multidisciplinary program highlights courses such as 3D Animation, Integrated Game Studio, Game Mechanics, Scripting for Game Design, Computer Games and Animation, New Media, Electronic Methods for Imaging, and Life Drawing.

Not only does the program provide students with the skills and tools needed to succeed in the field of Game Design, “but it has graduates hitting the ground running with full-fledged game releases before graduation." 

Check out the entire article and list here, along with their ranking criteria here

Affleck House
April 24, 2019

LTU's Affleck House Featured in the Detroit News

Professor Dale Gyure and the faculty at LTU were featured in an article in the Detroit News last Friday about the Affleck House. Check out the article here
Research Day 2019
April 5, 2019

LTU's seventh annual Research Day sets more records

Lawrence Technological University’s seventh annual Research Day set more records in a new, larger home.
March 9, 2019

CoAD Professor Aaron Jones installs new Mini Greenhouse/Movie Theater in Detroit

Commissioned by the Wright Museum, the “Shine a Light Off-the-Grid People + Plant Conservatory” is a solar-powered pod-like structure that features video art installations. This highly-designed modular lean-to structure is made of cedar support beams, with sloping roof-wall panels lined in back projection film that allows it to display projections on two sides. The structure is intentionally multi-purpose: its interior chamber, which houses two projectors, also serves as a small greenhouse space during months when outdoor film festivals are less frequent. The entire pod runs off the adjacent solar array.

Check out the full article here 
March 8, 2019

LTU Student's work featured in January issue of the Plymouth Pulse

Josh Dee presented his project to classmates, alumni, and community partners on December 13 at the Activist Architecture and Design open house event. “The 32-page booklet provides an illustrative and readable overview of how the regulations control the size, height, and location of buildings on one’s property,” he said. “The illustrations are all done in a way that resonates to someone as if they were looking at actual buildings, not diagrammatic or plan views which usually require some amount of technical perception.”

See the full article here
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February 11, 2019

Albert Kahn Research Symposium and Exhibition set for Feb. 22 at Lawrence Tech

Albert Kahn, the architect who designed many of Detroit’s most significant buildings, is the focus of a research symposium and exhibition at Lawrence Technological University on Friday, Feb. 22.

Petty award
February 10, 2019

LTU alum seeks to 'change the face of architecture,' wins new university award

Despite being 7 percent of the nation’s population, black women make up less than 0.4 percent of the nation’s licensed architects – just 400 out of 111,000. That’s why Lawrence Technological University graduate and architect Tiffany D. Brown created a program to bring more information about architecture to black girls. And that’s a big reason why Brown was honored Sunday with LTU’s inaugural John G. Petty Community Champion Award.

Yamasaki Cover Dale Guyre
February 8, 2019

LTU Prof. Dale Gyure: Looking at Yamasaki from all angles

Architectural Photographer Jim Haefner will join Dale Gyure and John Gallagher, who have written books on Yamasaki. They will talk about his initial successes, his personal struggles and the tension between popular and critical taste that surrounds his work. Lauren Parker, who was on the team that restored Yamasaki’s reflecting pool on the Wayne State campus, will moderate.
People can sign up for one lecture or all four. If they sign up for all four they get to tour the unique live-work space of artists Monika Essen and Kurt Kastner — see how unique for yourself

Also, check out Prof. Gyure's publication on Minoru Yamasaki here
John G. Petty (left) and Tiffany D. Brown (right)
February 7, 2019

Brown to receive inaugural Petty Community Champion Award Sunday at LTU

Tiffany D. Brown, a prominent young architect and alumna of Lawrence Technological University, will receive the inaugural John Gordon Petty Community Champion Award in a ceremony at Lawrence Tech Sunday, Feb. 10. The award ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. in the University Technology and Learning Center Gallery. LTU’s campus is located at 21000 W. 10 Mile Road in Southfield (see

January 22, 2019

Book by CoAD Professor Dr. Joongsub Kim published

Springer Press recently published a book by CoAD Professor Dr. Joongsub Kim. The book, titled What Do Design Reviewers Really Do? Understanding Roles Played by Design Reviewers in Daily Practice provides a finely grained examination of the daily challenges and opportunities of design review practice. The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy of Cambridge provided funding for research. 
January 15, 2019

Constructing Socially-Responsive Architecture in South Africa, Summer 2019

This summer, Professor Scott Shall will be taking a small team of students, professionals and faculty to South Africa where we will design and construct a school and recycling center using bricks made of plastic recycled from the ocean and other locally-sourced, sustainable materials. The work will be realized in partnership with the International Design Clinic, a registered non-profit that helps to realize socially-responsive architecture around the world, and a diverse group of local partners.
December 17, 2018

Paintings That Heal

A new public art project, realized in partnership with the College of Architecture and Design at LTU, has been installed at the intersection of Alter Road and Kercheval Avenue on Detroit's east side. It was commissioned with the hopes of bridging the gap between communities that sometimes feel worlds apart.
November 27, 2018

Two LTU alumni win Eleven-Magazine's Ideas and Design Competition

Alumni Erik Knauss and Jacob Southard have recently won the Safari category of Eleven-Magazine's Ideas and Design Competition and have entered their Hall of Fame for competition winners.
LTU Detroit Center for Design and Technology
November 21, 2018

LTU's Detroit Center for Design + Technology offers sustainable gifts on Noel Night

Lawrence Technological University’s Detroit Center for Design + Technology (DCDT) will bring back its Holiday Pop-Up Shop featuring local, sustainable businesses for Detroit’s Noel Night 2018 on Saturday, Dec. 1. The shops will be open from 5 to 10 p.m., offering vintage clothing, home goods, men’s care products, locally crafted chocolates, and more from local designers and makers. The event is free and open to the public. The DCDT Woodward Gallery is at 4219 Woodward Ave. at Willis Street in Detroit.

Detroit Center for Design and Technology
November 19, 2018

Detroit Center for Design + Technology brings back Holiday Window Walk

Lawrence Technological University’s Detroit Center for Design + Technology (DCDT) is bringing back its Holiday Window Walk event for a second year to highlight local creative businesses and designers.
ASID Fellows Poster
November 19, 2018

LTU Alum named to ASID College of Fellows

Dwane G. Adle (BS Interior Architecture, 1992), (BS Architecture, 1992), (Bachelor of Architecture, 1994), (M.Arch, 2012) has been named to the ASID College of Fellows.  Fellowship is bestowed on professional members who have made notable and outstanding contributions to the profession, not only through their work, but also through their demonstrated commitment to ASID and to the interior design industry.  Election to the ASID College of Fellows, the Society’s highest honor, is bestowed on less than 1% of the ASID membership.

Chris Stefani Furniture
November 5, 2018

The Future of Furniture: Discussion with Chris Stefani, Meredith Vyn, and Erica Kimber

This year, LTU’s Interior Architecture program teamed up with Haworth + Airea to run an industry sponsored studio in one of Detroit’s most stunning buildings, The Farwell of Capital Park.  Here, LTU's Chris Stefani sits down with Haworth + Airea to discuss rising trends within the furniture industry and how LTU might best train future designers.
September 10, 2018

LTU Student becomes a Detroit Challenge Fellow.

Carmen Gibes, who earned a Bachelors of Science in Architecture from LTU and is currently studying there for her Master of Architecture, has been awarded a prestigious fellowship from Challenge Detroit.   As a Challenge Detroit Fellow, Carmen will have the opportunity to lend her innovative and entrepreneurial spirit to the benefit of Detroit communities.
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September 4, 2018

CoAD Students Recognized in National Competition

LTU students Kirk Paisley, Alin Paul Codreanu, and Stephanie Kortman received an honorable mention in the 2018 ACSA/AISC Steel Competition: Affordable Housing.   Completed as a part of LTU Associate Professor Scott Shall's section of Advanced Design Studio in the spring of 2018, their project, Interstitial Fabric, used the distinct capabilities of steel and steel construction to create a more innovative and sustainable approach to affordable housing.  Their project was one of 8 to be awarded within the competition, out of 300 entries to this national competition which is sponsored by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) and the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC). 
August 23, 2018

HED's Sweeney named winner of LTU Distinguished Architecture Alumni Award

Tracy Sweeney, whose architecture career spans nearly two decades and has been marked by both design awards and tireless volunteer service to the community and the profession, has been named the recipient of the 2018 Distinguished Architecture Alumni Award by Lawrence Technological University.

Borrow Hack & Ship
August 17, 2018

LTU faculty members submit architecture proposal for SXSW 2019

Three faculty members from Lawrence Technological University’s College of Architecture and Design have submitted a proposal for the 2019 South by Southwest (SXSW) conference, and are asking for public support in the online popular vote that will be part of the selection process.
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August 16, 2018

LTU and CoAD Alumni Samantha Szeszulski Receives AIA Detroit's 2018 Associate Award

Sami Szeszulski has been a passionate member of the Stantec Detroit team for over two years, focusing her time there on architectural design, programming, and planning. She received a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Lawrence Technological University in 2013. After completing her bachelors degree, she was selected to participate in the Challenge Detroit Fellowship program from over 700 applicants from across the country.
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August 10, 2018

Historic Frank Lloyd Wright home gets ongoing restoration by LTU alumni, faculty, staff

Affleck House, one of just three homes in metro Detroit designed by renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright in his Usonian style, is in the midst of a restoration, guided by alumni of Lawrence Technological University, which has owned the home since 1978.
SxSW logo
August 9, 2018

Borrow, Hack, and Ship: LTU at SouthxSouthwest

SUPPORT OUR PROPOSAL AT SOUTHxSOUTHWEST! The 2019 SouthxSouthwest Conference is currently considering including a presentation proposed by LTU professors Karl Daubman, Jim Stevens and Scott Shall. Titled Borrow, Hack and Ship, the proposed presentation will highlight how designers might expand their practice by borrowing and hybridizing approaches from other industries, incorporating hacked tools into fabrication practices and leveraging large-scale tactics from manufacturing.   

1/3 of the selection process will be based upon popular vote. To support the inclusion of this presentation, click here:  The site will receive votes until August 30.   
August 7, 2018

Professor Scott Shall and The Palgrave Handbook of Bottom-Up Urbanism

Palgrave Publishers recently published Associate Professor Scott Shall's research into socially-responsive architectures in The Palgrave Handbook of Bottom-Up Urbanism. His chapter, "Guerrilla Architecture and Humanitarian Design", focuses upon the generation of crowd-sourced architectures within extra-legal settlements.

For more information about Shall's research, please visit his website:  
For more information about the publication, please visit Palgrave Publishers.

Detroit Designs the World Poster
August 6, 2018

Detroit Designs the World will air again Friday October 5th

Detroit Designs the World, a PBS documentary, debuted in June 2018 and examines the region's rich history as a world center of architectural innovation and design. Providing commentary are several Lawrence Tech alumni as well as Dr. Dale Gyure, LTU professor of architectural history.

August 6, 2018

Affleck House shoot promotes 1960s-themed dinner

LTU's Affleck House provided the perfect backdrop for a photo to advertise an upcoming Mad Men-style dinner being hosted by frame in Hazel Park. For more information about the event, click here. To learn about Affleck House tours, click here
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