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Deines named department chair at Lawrence Tech

Release Date: August 3, 2011

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Amy Green Deines has been named chair of the Department of Art and Design in the College of Architecture and Design at Lawrence Technological University. She joins the faculty as an associate professor.

The department has seven full-time faculty and approximately 50 adjunct faculty. It offers degree programs in transportation design, interior architecture, industrial design, graphic design, environmental graphics, game art, and digital arts.

Her teaching and research interests stem from an interdisciplinary approach that seeks to encompass both visual communications and the built environment with specific focus on industrial design, urban design, and new technologies.

Deines has taught previously at the University of Detroit Mercy, The Cleveland Urban Design Center affiliated with Kent State University, and Warsaw Polytechnic University in Poland.

She has served her community and profession, conducted funded research, overseen exhibitions, raised funds, presented numerous scholarly papers, and authored published articles.

“We are fortunate that Amy has joined us,” said Dean Glen LeRoy of the College of Architecture and Design. “She brings a positive energy, enthusiasm, and a vision for the future of design that will greatly benefit our college.”

Deines said she was attracted to Lawrence Tech by the leadership opportunity, the university’s emphasis on theory and practice, and the creativity of a talented faculty.

“There is extraordinary creativity at Lawrence Tech, and there is an opportunity to gain more recognition nationally and even internationally,” Deines said.  “I look forward to that challenge as chair.”

Deines received her master’s degree in architecture from Cranbrook Academy of Art, where she also studied industrial design.  Her bachelor’s degree in fine arts in design is from Wayne State University.

She is certified in interior design by the National Council for Interior Design Qualifications and is an associate member of the American Institute of Architects, as well as the International Interior Design Association.

Experienced in both the public and private sectors, she specializes in industrial, graphic, and urban design. She has been involved in numerous prototypical projects that have been awarded four U.S. patents involving technology and customization within point-of-purchase environments. She has professional experience with Awake by Design, LLC, Rossetti Architects, JPRA Associates, IMX Labs, Inc., Green + Deines Studio, and Swanson Meads Architects.

Deines has presented her work, served as a juror, and lectured numerous times at various universities including Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, Columbia University, McGill University, the University of Toronto, the University of Michigan, and the College for Creative Studies in Detroit.

In 2010, her journal, “The Plan, MILANO><DETROIT, Urban Development,” was published in Milan, Italy. Its focus is a comparison between Detroit and Milan.

Deines is currently working on a grant titled “Reclamation and Re-use of Materials Salvaged: The Demolition of 3,000 Homes in Detroit,” in which she is researching the repurposing and categorization of reclaimed materials from post-industrial landscapes.

Lawrence Technological University,, offers more than 100 undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degree programs in the Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Management. Founded in 1932, the 4,500-student, private university pioneered evening classes and today has a growing number of weekend and online programs. Lawrence Tech’s 102-acre campus is in Southfield, and programs are also offered in Detroit, Lansing, Petoskey, Traverse City and Toronto. Lawrence Tech also partners with universities in Mexico, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.