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March 3, 2020

LTU Alum receives AIA 2020 Associates award

Tiffany Brown, BS Arch 2004 + M Arch 2007 + MBA 2015, has received the American Institute of Architects (AIA) 2020 Associates Award. This honor recognizes outstanding leaders and creative thinkers for significant contributions to their communities and the architecture profession.
A project manager and construction administrator at SmithGroup’s Detroit office, Brown has dedicated her career to raising awareness for the social impact that planning and design have on urban communities. As a nationally recognized speaker and panelist, she is widely credited for her action-oriented approach to breaking down barriers and creating access to architecture education for traditionally underserved populations.
An active force within the design community, Brown serves as a member of AIA’s national K-12 Advisory Board, is a founding member of the Detroit Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA), and helps to advance NOMA initiatives at the national level.
LTU Quadrangle
February 20, 2020

LTU Ranked 3rd on Grad Reports 2020 Best Architecture Schools

LTU appeared on Grad report's top schools for 2020, the schools on the list offer the top Bachelor's Degrees in Architecture, based on median salary one year out of college. The median salary for LTU Architects is $53,400. Tuition, median salaries, and median debt were reported by the U.S. Department of Education. 
November 5, 2019

The Guardian features LTU student work in an article about South African architect Kevin Kimwelle

Kevin Kimwelle is a renowned architect that is most well-known for his buildings completely made from recycled materials, including the Slindokuhle crèche made with 2500 wine bottles. In 2019, faculty, students and alumni from LTU partnered with the International Design Clinic and Kevin Kimwelle to design and construct a community maker space, from salvaged materials. This space will be used for welding, woodwork, recycling, 3D printing and waste bike repairs, and will furnish a base of operations so that LTU teams might work with Mr. Kimwelle in the future to design and construct clinics, schools and other much-needed community projects.

Some of the people involved were Scott Shall, Jason Yeom, Ashraf Hijazi, Ken Humberstone, Nathan Ickes, Stephan Karetnik, Magdalene Kuhns, Bethanie Martin, Emily Reem, Breanna Scranton, and Kayla Thompson.

You can read the article here.

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September 4, 2019

Form&Seek Brings Detroit Artists Together for Substance Exhibition

Substance exhibition centers around the processes of material exploration as a driving force of design. Much like the designers of the Bauhaus, Detroit designers are returning to craft-based practices in a post-industrial climate, finding ways of bridging the gap between machine-made and hand-made.

Form&Seek design studio creates a platform for designers from diverse backgrounds to showcase their work in design exhibitions all around the world. Experimental and thought-provoking work unites under fresh, and pertinent themes at each of Form&Seek’s exhibits. For the Detroit Month of Design 2019, Form&Seek has curated works from Detroit based designers and makers to highlight and celebrate the creativity in the city.

You can RSVP for the event here.

August 30, 2019

LTU CoAD hosts Design and Technology Exhibition in Detroit

The College of Architecture and Design at Lawrence Technological University promotes the notion of advancing design practice and ideas that enable us, as a culture, to make lives better. This idea has reinforced our conviction that technology is a human endeavor and a reflection of people at their best. The exhibition features projects from current students, alumni, and our student partners at Detroit Public Schools that reinforce these values.

This exhibition is located at 1001 Woodward Ave in the ground floor gallery and is free and open to the public. Building is located on the M-1 Rail route. Parking garage is located at 35 State St., Detroit, MI 48226. 
Tickets must be presented to enter, either printed or on mobile device.
August 24, 2019

LTU Alumni granted AIA Associate Award

Known for his experience in design and the built environment, Bryce E. Gamper, BS Arch 2014, is the second LTU Alumni to receive the AIA Associate Award this year. Currently working in commercial design, he has had the opportunity to shape many areas around Detroit. He has served a variety of clients including Bedrock Detroit, Quicken Loans, Detroit Eastern Market Corporation Gardner White, the Hershey’s Company, and Sleep Number. He has also worked for many non-profits throughout Detroit, assisting in the implementation of the annual Light Up Livernois event which has now been incorporated into the yearly Detroit Design Festival.

August 22, 2019

College of Architecture and Design Faculty member receives Associate Award from the AIA

Project manager Tiffany Brown, BS Arch 2004 + M Arch 2007 + MBA 2015, received the award given to those Associate AIA members who show outstanding leadership and creative thinking. Brown has experience in architectural design, construction management, and construction administration, as well as working with the foundations in her community. She has led programs to raise awareness on how representation in design makes a significant impact on firm practice, culture, and education. Given a grant by the Knight Foundation, she has launched 400 Forward, a program that supports the education and career development of the next 400 women architects.
August 20, 2019

Young Architect Award given to LTU Alumni

Architect and artist Laura Walker, BS Arch 2006 + M Arch 2009, received the AIA Young Architect award for her contributions and exceptional leadership in and around Detroit. Walker is known for her many skills including fabrication, painting, and urban design. Through her work at SmithGroup, she focuses on inclusive design, considering the impact that her work can have on the communities around her. She also serves as a Coach through SmithGroups Coaching initiative, serves on the Board of the National Organization of Minority Architects, and serves as a design juror at Lawrence Tech.
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.