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Leading architect named a Lawrence Tech trustee

Release Date: February 11, 2008

Southfield, Michigan – Victor Saroki, FAIA, an award-winning architect and alumnus of Lawrence Technological University, has been named to the private, 4,500-student university’s board of trustees.

“Lawrence Tech’s architecture programs rank each year among the 10 largest in the nation, and some 45 percent of Michigan’s licensed architects are Lawrence Tech graduates. We clearly are very committed to that profession, and are delighted to have Mr. Saroki join our trustees and provide important leadership, guidance and counsel,” said Lewis N. Walker, Lawrence Tech president.

“I am honored to be selected as a trustee of my university, a place that has meant so much to me personally and professionally, and to help influence the programs and opportunities that will serve new generations of students,” Saroki said.

He is a former president, vice president, and treasurer of the Detroit Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) where he remains active, and also serves on the board of AIA Michigan. He was named to the prestigious College of Fellows by the national AIA in 2000, the same year he was selected as Businessman of the Year by the Birmingham/Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce.

Saroki earned two degrees from Lawrence Tech’s College of Architecture and Design. He was awarded the AIA Detroit Young Architect of the Year Award in 1994, and in 1998 received Lawrence Tech’s Distinguished Architecture Alumni Award. 

Saroki’s work has been recognized with over 50 design awards and in over 40 articles on design, including eight national publications. 

His Birmingham-based firm, Victor Saroki & Associates Architects PC, was named by AIA Michigan as the 2007 Firm of the Year. Its commissions have included residences, theaters, restaurants, retail, galleries, and hotels, including the Royal Park Hotel in Rochester that in 2006 received the People’s Choice “M” Award from the Masonry Institute of Michigan.

Describing his professional philosophy, Saroki said, “Excellence in architecture can be achieved at every level, from interior details to city spaces. Using the best principles to create spaces with obvious synergy promotes the social, cultural and financial well-being of each community.”

Lawrence Technological University,, offers more than 60 undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degree programs in Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Management. Founded in 1932, the 4,500-student, private university pioneered evening classes 75 years ago, and today has a growing number of weekend and online programs. Lawrence Tech’s 102-acre campus is in Southfield, with education centers in Lansing, Livonia, Clinton Township, Traverse City and Petoskey. Lawrence Tech also offers programs with partner universities in Canada, Europe and Asia.