Architect, entrepreneur named to Lawrence Tech Board of Trustees
SOUTHFIELD—Beverly Hannah Jones, RA, a Michigan architect, entrepreneur, and community leader, has been named to the Board of Trustees at her alma mater, Lawrence Technological University.
A Detroit native, Hannah Jones began her education as an engineering student at MSU, but soon discovered a passion for architecture and design, and transferred to Lawrence Tech. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree from LTU in 1985, a Bachelor of Architecture degree in 1986, and a Master of Architecture in 2000. Her first job was with Albert Kahn Associates, where she excelled in multiple departments. She earned her architecture license in 1991 and launched her own firm, Hannah & Associates Inc. in 1993. Her firm is the first African-American woman-owned architectural firm in the state of Michigan.
Media profiles have called Hannah Jones an “architect extraordinaire” In 2009, she was the recipient of LTU’s highest award for its graduates, the distinguished Alumni Achievement Award.
In 2013, her firm formed a strategic partnership with Neumann/Smith Architecture, where she is the managing partner. Hannah-Neumann/Smith offers the creativity, expertise, and experience to help clients develop distinctive new buildings or re-purpose, restore, and modernize existing facilities.
Her notable projects in Detroit include the Curtis L. Ivery Health & Wellness Educational Center at Wayne County Community College District, the newsroom and office renovation at WDIV-TV, the Shed at Valade Park for the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, the Skillman Foundation headquarters renovation, the United Way for Southeastern Michigan headquarters renovation, the Lear Innovation Center, the Wright-Kay Building renovation, and multiple projects with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. Her firm was recently awarded the project to renovate the Detroit Animal Control Center.
She has also served on the Michigan Fire Safety Board and has served on the boards of numerous civic and business organizations. She is an alumna of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business 2017, NMSDC Centers of Excellence 2021, and ICCC Inter City Capital Connections 2022.
“Ms. Hannah Jones has built a successful practice based on design excellence and sound business practices,” said LTU President Tarek Sobh. “Her unique skill sets and breadth of experience will prove invaluable to the Lawrence Technological University Board of Trustees as LTU continues its transformation into the nimble, diverse university of tomorrow.”
Added Douglas Ebert, chair of the LTU Board of Trustees: “We’re very happy that a successful LTU alumna such as Ms. Hannah Jones has chosen to give back so generously of her time to her alma mater. Her career shows a unique combination of design expertise and entrepreneurial spirit—which is the combination that the LTU educational experience produces.”
Lawrence Technological University, www.ltu.edu, is a private university founded in 1932 that offers more than 100 programs through the doctoral level in Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Business and Information Technology, and Engineering. PayScale lists Lawrence Tech among the nation’s top 11 percent of universities for alumni salaries. Forbes and The Wall Street Journal rank LTU among the nation’s top 10 percent. U.S. News and World Report lists it in the top tier of best in the Midwest. Students benefit from small class sizes and a real-world, hands-on, “theory and practice” education with an emphasis on leadership. Activities on Lawrence Tech’s 107-acre campus include more than 60 student organizations and NAIA varsity sports.
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