LTU places four faculty, four alumnae in Crain's 'Notable Women in Design'

Release Date: September 18, 2020

SOUTHFIELD—Two full-time Lawrence Technological University faculty members and two adjunct faculty members placed among the list of Notable 2020 Women in Design, released in the Sept. 14 issue of Crain’s Detroit Business magazine, as did four other alumnae.

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Lillian Crum

Lilian Crum, assistant professor of graphic design and partner and creative director at Detroit-based Unsold Studio LLC, was lauded for “transforming the commercial design scene in Detroit and further,” according to Christopher Stefani, associate director of LTU’s Detroit Center for Design + Technology. Unsold was elected to attend Singapore Design Week in 2019 as a UNESCO Creative Cities delegate, and received a Silver Indigo Design Award in branding for its work with an independent eyewear shop, Spectacle Society. Crum also launched a student-run design studio at LTU that serves socially conscious organizations and businesses, and is director of graphic design at LTU.

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Bilge Nur Saltik

Bilge Nur Saltik, director and assistant professor of industrial design, “kickstarted a fresh culture in the industrial design program that our students were longing for,” according to Karl Daubmann, dean of the College of Architecture and Design. “Her collaborative approach and creativity related to materials is inspiring the new generation of designers.” Saltik is also co-founder of the design studio Form&Seek, which organizes exhibits at international fairs. Saltik also leads the writing team for a Turkish design magazine.

Also named to the list were adjunct faculty members Tiffany Brown and Laura Walker.

Brown, a project manager at SmithGroup, founded 400 Forward, a mentoring initiative named after the number of licensed Black female architects, and is a founding member of the National Order of Minority Architects (NOMA) Detroit. She also co-founded the nonprofit Urban Arts Collective in 2017, and was recently featured in the Hulu documentary “Design for All.” She holds three degrees from LTU—a Bachelor of Science in Architecture and a Master of Architecture, and a Master of Business Administration.

Walker, an associate design architect at SmithGroup, won a Design Build award from the city of Detroit for her work on the Design Center in Detroit’s Old Redford community, which allows entrepreneurs to test and sell their products, as well as for a solar-powered streetscape installation in southwest Detroit. She was named 2019 AIA Detroit Young Architect of the Year. She earned her Master of Architecture degree from LTU. She is also director of marketing for NOMA Detroit.

Also named to the list were LTU alumnae Rebecca Barry, manager of architecture at the Dearborn-based engineering and design firm Ghafari Associates LLC; Saudra Little, principal at the national architecture firm Quinn Evans, with offices in Detroit and Ann Arbor; Lisa Sauve, principal and co-founder of Synedoche, a design-make architecture studio in Ann Arbor; and Kiana Wenzell, director of culture and community at Design Core Detroit, a Detroit nonprofit that champions design-driven businesses.

Lawrence Technological University, www.ltu.edu, is a private university founded in 1932 that offers more than 100 programs through the doctoral level in its Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Business and Information Technology, and Engineering. PayScale lists Lawrence Tech among the nation’s top 15 percent of universities for the salaries of its graduates, and U.S. News and World Report lists it in the top tier of best Midwestern universities. 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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