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Guest lecturer visits Taubman's real estate course Sept. 22

Release Date: September 21, 2010

MEDIA ADVISORY - Sept. 21, 2010

WHAT: Architect and designer Kenneth Walker will give a guest lecture on the Lawrence Tech graduate-level course, “Real Estate Practice: Land Economics,” which is being led this fall by retail development pioneer A. Alfred Taubman. Walker will be introduced by Taubman.

WHEN: Wednesday, Sept. 22, 3 p.m.

WHERE:  Auditorium (A200) of the Architecture Building, which is #9 on the campus map (link), at Lawrence Technological University, 21000 West Ten Mile Road, Southfield.

WHO: Walker is an architect whose companies WalkerGroup/Designs and Retail Options Inc. have provided designs and branding for such clients as FAO Schwarz, The Gap, Circuit City, Bloomingdale’s and Citibank. Taubman is a real estate developer who pioneered the modern shopping mall concept.

WHY: Walker is the first of four experts in retail development that Taubman, a former Lawrence Tech student, has asked to speak to his class. The course provides students with a unique perspective on modern retailing and the role that architects can play in retail projects.

Lawrence Technological University,, offers more than 100 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 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 and Traverse City. Lawrence Tech also offers programs with partner universities in Canada, Mexico, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.