Master of Urban design students David Lewis and Matthew Galbraith, and two recent graduates, Carolina Ferrero, MUD’12, and Michael Mason, MUD’12, received the award for the “Mid-Century Modern Design Guidelines” they developed for the Southfield Planning Department.
Working as interns in the planning department, the students documented three districts/neighborhoods and dozens of buildings built in the Mid-Century Modern style from the 1950s to the early 1970s that are important to the architectural heritage of Southfield, a first-ring suburb of Detroit that grew rapidly after World War II.
The design guidelines provide the Southfield Planning Department with an essential tool to keep significant structures and districts intact. The guidelines not only define the style and identify significant structures, but also provide recommendations for enhancements through the use of case studies. One of the most significant buildings in Southfield is the former Reynolds Metals Regional Sales Office designed by Minoru Yamasaki, a Troy-based architect best known for the World Trade Center in New York.