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August 12, 2020

CoAD Students Sweep Design Competition

Architecture students at LTU have swept the awards at the 2019-2020 U.S. Green Building Council Detroit Region Student Design Competition.  The competition challenges students, working individually or in teams of up to six students, to submit projects that use a thoroughly integrated approach to architecture, natural systems and technology to provide sustainable architectural solutions that protect and enhance the environments. Congratulations to Kayla Tear, Nick Crawford, Trent Schmitz, Andy Donlin, Evelyn Ehgotz and Thea Donahue!

You can view the winning entries here.

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June 15, 2020

LTU Alum speaks on leadership to Architectural Record

Tiffany Brown, BS Arch 2004 + M Arch 2007 + MBA 2015, recently spoke to Architectural Record about inclusivity in the architectural field.

As a leader in the architectural community, Ms. Brown provides information on how her initiative 400 Forward works to provide Black women with mentorship in the architectural profession.  She is also an executive board member for the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA), through which she advocates for diversity and fellowship in the architectural community.
You can read the full article here.

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June 15, 2020

LTU Alum Ian Broekman featured in AutoWeek Review

Ian Broekman, Chief Innovation Officer at MI-Spec Automotive (MSA), was featured in AutoWeek.  Broekman focuses on design and branding at MSA, an aftermarket specialist based in Auburn hills. Their Ford F-150 package features an improved engine, a molded fiberglass front fender, new grille, logo, pushbar and lights as well as many other new graphics. You can read the review here
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June 12, 2020

LTU Students awarded MAF Scholarships

The Michigan Architectural Foundation awarded scholarships to two LTU students in 2020.

The 2020 American Institute of Architect’s Scholarship of $1,500 was awarded to Ryan Johns, a rising graduate student at Lawrence Technological University. He was also awarded the 2020 Katherine and John Banicki Scholarship. The national AIA provides funds for an exemplary architecture student. 

The 2020 Daniel W. Toshach & AIA Saginaw Valley Chapter Scholarship in the amount of $1,500 was awarded to Jessica Brethour, a first year graduate student at Lawrence Technological University. This award is given to a deserving student with a well-rounded application and portfolio with preference given to applicants from the area served by the AIA Saginaw Valley Chapter.

You can learn more about these awards here.

June 4, 2020

LTU Alum Featured in Hulu Documentary About Inclusive Design

Tiffany Brown, BS Arch 2004 + M Arch 2007 + MBA 2015, is featured in the Hulu documentary Design For All. This documentary discusses how an inclusive approach to design affects our culture, our communities & our lives. You can watch the trailer here. Tiffany Brown is a leader of 400 Forward and a founding member of the Detroit Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects.  

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May 30, 2020

CoAD Dean Karl Daubmann Speaks with Archinect About the Online Master of Architecture Degree Program

In an interview with Archinect, Daubmann unpacks the program's decade-long experience in providing an accredited online masters education. In the interview he discusses common misconceptions about choosing an online degree, online studio culture, and building trust with students. You can read the interview here.

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May 28, 2020

LTU Alum Featured in Muscle Car Month

Transportation Design Alumni, Daniel Kangas, had a redesign for the Porsche 911 featured in an Auto Revolution article. Kangas has worked on the design of the Bronco R, Mustang Shelby GT500 and a few police vehicles. To read the feature and see his re-design click here.

May 10, 2020

LTU's Stefani named to Crain's '20 in their 20s'

Christopher L. Stefani, BAr’14, MAr’16, was named to the 2020 list of ’20 in their 20s’ early career high achievers in the May 4 edition of Crain’s Detroit Business.
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April 21, 2020

Registration open for summer classes at LTU

Students can register now for summer semester classes that begin Tuesday, May 26, at Lawrence Technological University, including fast-track certificate programs in rapidly growing career fields. In keeping with social distancing guidelines imposed due to the coronavirus pandemic, all classes will be offered online in the 2020 summer semester, which ends Friday, July 31.

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April 17, 2020

LTU's Detroit Center for Design + Technology, Centrepolis Accelerator support alumni donating 3D printed face shields to area hospitals

Two Lawrence Technological University alumni, who work together at Neumann/Smith Architecture, are making a difference during this difficult time.

When Designers John McGarry and Trent Schmitz—both LTU College of Architecture and Design graduates—and their colleague, Clayton Wenrick, heard about the shortage of personal protection equipment, or PPE, at hospitals and medical clinics, they couldn’t sit still and let it happen. In less than a week, the team made 1,000 new face shields to donate to health care facilities for additional protection.

“My colleagues and I felt compelled to use our knowledge of 3D printing and advanced modeling to design and 3D print face shields for nurses, doctors and first responders,” said John McGarry, designer at Neumann/Smith. “We are fortunate enough to have access to two large 3D printers. With permission from our office, we were able to take home these 3D printers and set up our own makerspace.”

John McGarry is a designer at Neumann/Smith. He leads its Computation Group, assists in managing Makerspace and is a professor of practice at Lawrence Technological University, where he teaches simulation and prototyping. These days, he’s making face shields to donate to health care workers around Detroit. | Photo courtesy of John McGarry

McGarry leads Neumann/Smith’s Computation Group, assists in managing Neumann/Smith’s Makerspace and is a professor of practice at Lawrence Technological University, where he teaches simulation and prototyping.

He and his colleagues are collaborating with AIA Detroit and sharing resources with a larger network of architecture firms and individuals throughout the region. LTU’s Detroit Center for Design + Technology (DCDT) was able to provide six new 3D printers to assist in this project.

“When we heard about this effort we were thrilled to be able to support in ramping up production output,” said Christopher Stefani, associate director of the DCDT. “This is a perfect example of the power that our students, and creative industry in general, has when we engage design and technology collectively.”

The team now has a total of 12 printers and is producing 700 or more face shields each week, according to Clayton Wenrick, designer at Neumann/Smith.

“Our team is working with AIA Detroit to encourage others to help in any way they’re able by providing resources and expertise,” said Wenrick, who oversees the Neumann/Smith fabrication lab and visualization departments. “This collaboration is helping us produce PPE for hospitals, clinics, and first responders in our community where we are being hit the hardest.”

Trent Schmitz is among the designers working daily to make face shields for health care workers who need them. He is also pursuing his master’s degree at Lawrence Technological University. | Photo courtesy of Trent Schmit.

Wenrick, McGarry and Schmitz have been leading the project on behalf of Neumann/Smith. They are not only making the 3D printed face shields, but dropping them off in bulk to Beaumont Hospitals, DMC Medical Group, Henry Ford Hospitals, and the University of Michigan health system, at times and locations specified by each organization. But that’s not all.

“Another way we’re donating them are through friends and family recommendations or people reaching out to us directly for need of the PPE resources,” McGarry added. “A lot of the hospitals are receiving federal assistance. However, smaller clinics, nursing homes, and police departments are not receiving this level of assistance. We’re hoping to get in touch with these places and provide any assistance we can.”

McGarry, Wenrick and Schmitz thanked family and friends, the Neumann/Smith team and their families, LTU’s Detroit Center for Design + Technology, LTU’s Centropolis Accelerator, a business incubator for manufacturing companies on LTU’s campus, the Rochester 3D printing dealership Delray Systems, and the virtual reality company Mirari,  a Centrepolis Accelerator client, for donations and assistance.

McGarry added: “It’s been incredible to see such care and generosity people have during these difficult times.”

If you would like to help the team at Neumann/Smith with its 3D printing effort to help those in health care, please contact McGarry at or AIA Detroit for resources. He assures us “there is plenty to do including if you do not have a 3D printer.”

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