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August 15, 2019

LTU Alumni Receives Charles Blessing Award from AIA Detroit

Mark Nickita, an alumni of LTU’s architecture program who is nationally known for his role in redeveloping Detroit, is the 2019 recipient of the Charles Blessing award. This award recognizes those who show leadership in planning and civic issues and exemplifies the vision, and commitment and accomplishments of Charles A. Blessing.

Nickita, co-founder and President of Archive DS, has developed many institutional and mixed-use buildings within the urban context. These include adaptive-reuse, historic rehabilitation and new infill buildings as well as educational facilities, loft housing, office and retail projects, typically located on challenging urban sites that require unique design solutions.

LTU students and alumni in South Africa
July 22, 2019

LTU group in South Africa to learn about architecture with recycled materials

On Saturday, July 20, a team of two faculty members, four students, and five recent alumni of Lawrence Technological University departed for South Africa on a three-week trip to design and construct maker spaces, community centers, schools and other much-needed work using materials previously considered almost worthless.

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 
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