Edward M. Orlowski is an associate professor of Architecture at Lawrence Technological University, and Associate Chair of Architecture. 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 AIAM-award-winning Environmental Interpretive Center at the University of Michigan-Dearborn) and the SmithGroup.
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 SEED Network, Architects, Planners, and Designers for Social Responsibility, and is a Past President of the Association for Community Design. He is the founding Director of Atelier MULE, a public interest design and research lab.
On campus he is the faculty advisor for the LTU Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects, and is a faculty fellow and Renaissance Brother 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 (2014), he co-authored a chapter in the recent Public Interest Design Education Guidebook (2019), edited by Lisa Abendroth and Bryan Bell, and has contributed to the Routledge book All-Inclusive Engagement in Architecture: Towards the Future of Social Change (2021), edited by Farhana Ferdous and Bryan Bell.