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Lawrence Tech names chair for Department of Architecture

Release Date: July 27, 2012

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Scott Shall has been named an associate professor and chair of the Department of Architecture at Lawrence Technological University.

Previously Shall taught five years at Temple University in Philadelphia and five years at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in architecture at the University of Cincinnati and his master’s degree in architecture at Tulane University in New Orleans.

Part of Lawrence Tech’s College of Architecture and Design, the Department of Architecture enrolls more than 700 undergraduate and graduate students.

In 2006, Shall was the founding director of the International Design Clinic (IDC), a non-profit that realizes creative work with communities in need around the world.  To date, he has completed more than a dozen projects on four continents, including:

• An urban tent for the homeless made of reclaimed water bottles.
• An educational system based upon borrowed resources for the migrant communities of India.
• A school system formed from the vending architectures of Bolivia for kids working the streets of La Paz.

Shall has presented his research at symposia and conferences around the world, and his writing on socially responsive design has been featured in a range of peer-reviewed publications, including works by MIT Press, the American Institute of Architects Press and the University of Indianapolis Press.

Shall has exhibited his creative work at solo shows around the world, including solo shows at the San Francisco Museum of Art in La Paz, Bolivia, and the AIA Center for Architecture in Philadelphia and group shows at the Sheldon Swope Museum of Art and the Goldstein Museum of Design. His most recent community-based work, chainlinkGREEN, has been selected for exhibition at the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale.

Lawrence Technological University,, was founded in 1932. Bloomberg Businessweek lists Lawrence Tech among the nation’s top 20 percent of universities for return on undergraduate tuition investment, and highest in the Detroit metropolitan area.  Lawrence Tech is also listed in the top tier of Midwestern universities by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review. Students benefit from small class sizes and experienced faculty who provide a real-world, hands-on, “theory and practice” education with an emphasis on leadership. Activities on Lawrence Tech’s 102-acre campus include over 60 student clubs and organizations and a growing roster of NAIA varsity sports.