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Farlow named distinguished architecture alumnus

Release Date: August 4, 2016

Mark Farlow

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. -- Mark Farlow has been selected to receive the 2016 Distinguished Architecture Alumni Award by the Architecture Cabinet of the Lawrence Technological University Alumni Association.

The annual selection is made by previous winners of the award, which dates back to 1997.

Farlow is director of design at Hamilton Anderson Associates in Detroit, leading the development of the firm’s projects, with an emphasis on mixed-use, hospitality, commercial and residential process. The firm is designing some of the most prominent projects in Detroit, such as the District Detroit (including Little Caesar’s Arena), Brush Park Neighborhood Development, Orleans Landing, and Corktown Neighborhood Development.

He has also been an adjunct professor of architecture at LTU since 1995, and at the University of Detroit Mercy since 1999.

Farlow earned three degrees from LTU: a Bachelor of Science in Architecture in 1981, a Bachelor of Architecture in 1982, and a Master of Architecture in 2009. In his second year of architecture school, he became the resident curator of LTU’s Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Affleck House in Bloomfield Hills. After graduating from LTU, he pursued a Master of Science in Architecture at the University of Cincinnati, 1982-84, and then joined the faculty at Mississippi State University, where he remained until 1988.

He joined the architecture firm Garbooshian/Budday in 1988, and Victor Saroki & Associates in 1992, before taking his present post at Hamilton Anderson in 2014. He has numerous professional awards from AIA-Michigan, AIA-Detroit, MIDEA, and the Masonry Institute of Michigan, and has traveled around the world to represent his employers in business development efforts. He has also served on the Royal Oak Historical Commission, the Board of Directors at the BBAC, the AIA-Detroit Membership Committee, and chaired the AIA-Detroit House Tour Committee twice.

In 2007, Farlow was invited to serve as a design lead for the AIA-150 Neighborhoods by Design Charrette. Working with another LTU alumnus, Frank Arvan AIA, along with students from both UDM and LTU, the transit-oriented development they designed for Royal Oak focused on the issue of transit and lifestyle choices in the metropolitan Detroit area. The proposal was subsequently awarded a local community award (Design in Transit) for its vision and design excellence.

Farlow also chaired LTU’s Architectural Alumni Cabinet in 2009-10, and has served three times as keynote speaker for the LTU College of Architecture and Design Graduation Brunch.

In 2009, he also launched the country’s first online graduate-level thesis studio for Lawrence Tech’s online Master of Architecture program, and won the university’s 2013 Teaching & Learning Using Technology Award, the first adjunct professor to be conferred this award. Overall, Farlow has taught more than 160 students in the past seven years, and has helped nearly 200 students in securing career opportunities locally and nationally.

As winner of the award, Farlow will give an address to the architecture community at LTU Thursday, Sept. 8 at 6 p.m. in the Architecture Building Auditorium, A200. A reception will precede the address at 5:30 p.m. To register for the event, visit


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