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Graduate Architecture and Architectural Engineering Students present tomorrow at AEI Design Competition
APR 18 - Graduate Architecture and Architectural Engineering students from Lawrence Tech will present Wednesday April 12 in Oklahoma City at the national AEI Student Design Competition. Two teams from Lawrence Tech are among the five finalists. The teams have been working since last September on a design for a Sports Performance Complex at Texas Tech in Lubbock, TX.

LTU's teams will present at two different times on Wednesday: Team 12 will present at 10:30 AM EST and Team 14 will present at 2:30 PM EST.
The competition will be broadcast live on Wednesday at:

LTU Faculty Members featured in Cranbrook Art Museum Exhibition
APR 11 - Several current and past LTU faculty members' work will be featured in the upcoming exhibition Cranbrook: A New Domestic Landscape, which runs from May 12, 2017 - January 14, 2018 at the Cranbrook Art Museum. Those featured include Aaron Blendowski, Jack Craig, Lilian Crum, Mark Dineen, Brian DuBois, Michael Neville, and Christopher Schanck.
Elizabeth Whittaker lectures this Thursday, April 6th in Lear Auditorium

APR 4 - Please join us in Lear Auditorium (T429) this Thursday at 5:30 PM for a lecture with Elizabeth Whittaker, founder and principal of MERGE Architects and Assistant Professor of Practice with the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

MERGE architects, an award-winning firm based in Boston, engages in work addressing multiple areas including commercial, institutional, retail, private residential, multi-family housing, as well as graphic and furniture design. The office works with clients and teams of fabricators, artists, craftsmen and engineers to produce an architecture that "embraces the art of making within a larger agenda: to re-define the urban and social boundaries in and around the city."

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Eric Osth lectures Thurs. 3/30/17, 5:30 PM, Lear Auditorium (T429)

MAR 30 - Please join us this evening for a lecture with Eric Osth of Urban Design Associates. He will provide an overview of how his firm is working to meet the rapidly evolving challenges around the way people live, get around and interact with cities, through a presentation of recent projects and how they are relevant to today’s developing landscape.

Japan-based furniture maker Tomoya Katoh lectures next Tuesday, March 28th in Lear Auditorium

MAR 24 - Please join us for a special lecture with Tomoya Katoh of Tendo Mokko, an award-winning furniture maker based in Japan.

Mr. Katoh will discuss traditional and modern woodworking techniques, touching on their positive implications for furniture design, architecture and construction. The lecture will be held on Tuesday March 28, 2017 at 12:00 PM in Lear Auditorium (T-429), with a reception immediately following outside the auditorium on the 3rd floor. This free lecture is sponsored by the College of Architecture and Design as part of the XDL Series, in conjunction with University Advancement and the Consulate-General of Japan in Detroit.

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Graphic Designer Michael Bierut lectures this Thursday, March 23rd in Lear Auditorium

MAR 21 - Please join us in Lear Auditorium (T-429) Thursday evening at 5:30 PM for a lecture from famed Graphic Designer Michael Bierut.

Michael Bierut is an influential graphic designer, design critic and educator. He is a partner of the New York-based design consultancy Pentagram, known for their innovative multi-disciplinary design work for many high profile clients throughout the world. Michael also co-founded the design website Design Observer and teaches at Yale School of Art. His work is featured in many permanent collections around the world, including MoMA, the Cooper-Hewitt, and the Library of Congress. 

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Visiting Fulbright Scholar Jian Liu lectures Tuesday, March 21st in Lear Auditorium 

MAR 21 - Please join us Tuesday evening at 5:30PM for a lecture from Jian Liu, registered city planner and Associate Professor of Urban Planning & Design at Tsinghua University School of Architecture, on the topic of Development of Cultural Industries in China and Its Impacts on Urban Renovation.

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CoAD Dean Karl Daubmann lectures this Thursday, March 16th in Lear Auditorium

MAR 14 -  Please join us in Lear Auditorium (T-429) Thursday evening at 5:30 PM for a lecture from Dean Daubmann.

Karl will present his research, design work, and collaborations from a year at the American Academy in Rome - an environment that breeds an engaged and creative culture. He went to study the Baroque architect Francesco Borromini to learn more about parametric design and robotics. He will discuss different modes of seeing and learning, multidisciplinary experiences, and ways to leverage design.

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Saint-Étienne Design Biennale '17 Exhibit features CoAD Faculty Members' work

MAR 9 - LTU CoAD faculty members Aaron Jones and Jack Craig, as well as former LTU faculty member Wes Taylor all have work featured in the exhibition Footwork, which "aims to highlight Detroit-based partnerships—often between big corporations and grassroots design initiatives—that have produced truly innovative and productive projects". The exhibition appears as a part of the 10th Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Étienne 2017, located in Saint-Étienne, France.

[ Read the article from Metropolis Magazine here ]

Albert Kahn Research Symposium is this Friday, March 3rd at LTU

MAR 1 - Please join us for the Albert Kahn Research Symposium this Friday, March 3rd from 9:30am to 4:30 pm. 

Albert Kahn (1869-1942) was a Detroit-based architect known for his innovative work in the development of industrial architecture in the early-to-mid 20th century.

Visit the Symposium's Eventbrite page or call (248) 204-3000 for information and registration. We hope to see you there!


Asssociate Professor Adhya's book is available

FEB 12 - Associate Professor Anirban Adhya's book Shrinking Cities and First Suburbs is now available.  The book examines Warren, Michigan a suburb of Detroit.  The book is available through Springer Publishers.

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LTU to host 5th collaborative urban design charrette in October 2017

JAN 22 - Lawrence Technological University’s (LTU) Detroit Studio/Urban Design Program teamed up with the Ball State University Urban Design Center (Indiana) and the Kent State University Urban Design Collaborative (Ohio) to form an unprecedented collaboration to address the needs of Midwestern cities.  The collaboration initiated an annual Midwest urban design charrette in 2013.

LTU Master of Urban Design students participated in the 2015 charrette in Youngstown, Ohio and in the 2016 charrette in Akron, Ohio, both of which were hosted by Kent State. LTU will be hosting the fifth charrette in October 2017 at the Detroit Center for Design and Technology in Midtown Detroit.


Architecture Student Stephanie Stiers receives Honorable Mention in Moontopia Design Competition

JAN 12 - Eleven Magazine sponsored the Moontopia Biomimicry Design Challenge with the first international ideas competition on space architecture.  Stephanie Stiers developed her project as part of Professor Plowright's ID5 studio.

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Transportation Design Student Dillon Kane's concept published by Wired Magazine

JAN 10 - Wired Magazine published the work of Transportation Design student Dillon Kane.  Kane's concept for a drone carrying vehicle for a photojournalist was developed in a sponsored studio with Magna.

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Archinect article features NCARB's new licensure program, IPAL, now offered by Lawrence Tech

DEC 16The recently introduced IPAL, or Integrated Path to Architectural Licensure, streamlines the architectural licensure process for students at 17 universities and colleges by incorporating the Architectural Experience Program into the curriculum. Lawrence Tech is one of 17 universities and colleges to offer the program. More information about LTU's IPAL program is available here.

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Asst. Professor Ashton - Winner of Taco Bell's Feed The Beta
DEC 15 - Mars Ashton, Director and Assistant Professor of Game Art, won Taco Bell's Feed The Beta, formally known as Indie Game Garage, with his game Axis Descending. The competition supports Independent Game Developers with Taco Bell gift cards and markets their games on their company website and blog.

Martin Hogue Interviewed on NPR's Stateside

DEC 1 - Architect Martin Hogue has spent a lot of time exploring just what camping really means in 2016. His exhibit 925,000 Campsites: The Commodification of an American Experience is now running through the end of the year at Lawrence Tech. He was recently interviewed on NPR's Stateside about the exhibition hosted by LTU. The lecture will take place in the A200 auditorium of LTU's Southfield campus on Thursday, December 1st at 5:30pm.


Department of Art and Design receives 10 year renewal of its accreditation

NOV 11 – The College of Architecture and Design is proud to announce the most recent action taken by the Commission of National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).  The university was granted the full 10 year renewal of membership for the following degrees: Bachelor of Interior Architecture (also CIDA accredited); Bachelor of Science: Industrial Design and Transportation Design; Bachelor of Fine Arts: Game Art, Graphic Design, and Interaction Design; Master of Interior Design.


Asst. Professor Ashton - Judge for Independent Games Festival

Nov 7 - Mars Ashton, Director and Assistant Professor of Game Art has been invited to critique, judge and nominate submissions to the Independent Games Festival for various Excellency Awards and the Seumas McNally Grand Prize. This year over 650 games have been submitted to the competition and festival.

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Professor Kim awarded through the 2016 Knight Arts Challenge Detroit

NOV 4 – Professor Kim’s proposal for the Mapping Cart through the LTU Detroit Studio was funded by the Knight Foundation. The project is one of 45 projects will bring high-quality arts experiences to Detroit neighborhoods to challenge and inspire us to think differently about the city and our lives. 

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Screen-Shot-2016-11-02-at-14.38.25.png  Ruth Adler Schnee: A Life In Design Exhibition
NOV 4 - An exhibition of Ruth Adler Schnee's work opens Friday, 11/4/16 at CoAD's Detroit Center of Design and Technology. One of the founding figures of contemporary textile design in America, Schnee collaborated with many modern American architecture and design luminaries including Buckminster Fuller (working on the Ford Rotunda) and Minoru Yamaski (World Trade Center), Frank Lloyd Wright (Affleck House), Eero Saarinen, and Charles and Ray Eames. The opening reception begins at 5:30pm.
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Screen-Shot-2016-11-02-at-15.28.48.png  Architect Juan Rois Lecture
NOV 3 - Architect Juan Rois will give a lecture in the A200 auditorium of CoAD's Southfield Campus on Thursday, 11/3/16. Currently, Rois is Professor of Architecture at the National University of Rosario and maintains an Argentinian based practice in Rosario. The lecture will begin at 5:30pm. 
AIAS Students build an accessible ramp
Oct 30 - The AIAS Freedom By Design Student Group completed an accessible residential ramp in St. Claire Shores.  Students designed, raised funding, and constructed the ramp.
CoAD Film Series - Ruth Adler Schnee
OCT 27 - The CoAD Film Series introduces the work of Ruth Adler Schnee with a screening of "Radiant Sun: Designer Ruth Adler Schnee", a film by Terri Sarris. The film premieres in auditorium A200 at 5:30pm.
Nuri Miller lectures on Digital Design
OCT 26 - Nuri Miller, Director of Digital Design and Technology from CO Architects in Los Angeles spoke to students and faculty about recent work and the impact of technology on the firms' design process.
Professor Gyure's essay included in Michigan Modern 
OCT 25 - Professor Dale Gyure's essay on Minoru Yamasaki is included in Michigan Modern: Design that Shaped America.
Prof. Stevens profiled on MaterialDriven
OCT 24 - Chair of Architecture Jim Stevens' work in the makeLab was profiled this month on the blog MaterialDriven.
Professor Gyure lecturing on the Architectural Humanism of Yamasaki
OCT 23 - Professor Dale Gyure will be speaking this weekend as part of a symposium at Cranbrook on Saving a Legacy: Minoru Yamasaki.  Prof. Gyure will present “Serenity and Delight: The Architectural Humanism of Yamasaki”.  Lecture will be Sunday, October 23 | 3:00pm - 5:00pm.
Asst. Professor Ashton presents at Meaningful Play 
OCT 20 - Mars Ashton, Director and Assistant Professor of Game Art presented a "mid-mortem" regarding his game Axis Descending on the Meaningful Play Postmortems Panel, exploring the do's and don'ts of the project.
Asst. Professor Crum speaks at AIGA workshop 
OCT 9 - Asst. Professor Lilian Crum spoke at the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) Frontier Conference in Bozeman, Montana about "Teaching a Healthier Creative Process".
Professor Gyure authors chapter for Designing Schools
OCT 8 - Professor Dale Gyure wrote a book chapter on "casual schools" in the 1950's for the book Designing Schools: Space, Place and Pedagogy.
Assoc. Dean Shall receives Ford C3 grant to cut affordable housing cost in half
OCT 5 – Assoc. Dean Shall received a $25,000 Ford College Community Challenge grant that could revolutionize the production of affordable housing – starting with one new home in Pontiac.
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Sherry Tuffin presents work at Digital Humanities Conference
SEPT 30 - Sherry Tuffin, of CoAD's Architecture Resource Center (ARC), presented a paper at the Network Detroit 2016 Digital Humanities Conference at Wayne State University on "The Power of Digital Stories to Strengthen Community at Universities".
Prof. Kim receives National Endowment For The Arts Grant
SEPT 29 – Professor Joongsub Kim has won the National Endowment for the Arts Grant Award (NEA) for his Detroit Studio project "West End Tapestry". This project will transform neglected Detroit parks into multipurpose bike stations through art, design, and community workshops.
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Dean Daubmann presents at the 2016 AIA Michigan Design Retreat
SEPT 24 - Dean Daubmann shared his work on highway urbanism at the 2016 AIA Design Retreat.  The project was developed under the umbrella of a broader research project called Rules of the Road.  The project recently won a 2016 AIA Michigan Design Award.
Professor Gyure receives two grants for book on Yamasaki
SEPT 14 – Professor Gyure received two grants to support his work on a new book on the architecture of Minoru Yamasaki.
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SUMMER 2016  
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Farlow named Distinguished Architecture Alumnus
AUG 4 – Mark Farlow has been selected to receive the 2016 Distinguished Architecture Alumni Award by the Architecture Cabinet of the Lawrence Technological University Alumni Association.
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Noted architect Daniel Winey named to Lawrence Tech Board of Trustees
JULY 22 – Daniel W. Winey, chief operating officer of the global architecture, design, planning, and consulting firm Gensler, has been elected to the Lawrence Technological University Board of Trustees.
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Prof. Ragheb and CoAD students recognized by CSI

June 21 - Assoc. Professor Ash Ragheb and CoAD students were recognized with multiple awards from US Construction and Specifications Institute CSI, Detroit Chapter. Dr. Ragheb was awarded Richard Edwards Education Award.  CSI also awarded their annual Robert T. Hobson scholarship to LTU Senior students: MeMe Thinn and Janelle Schmidt with first and second place, respectively.

Professors Bodurow and Hennebury discuss Societal Challenges
June 15 - Professors Bodurow and Hennebury present peer reviewed architectural design and theory research at the EAAE/ARCC International Conference Societal Challenges in Lisbon, Portugal.


BFA Thesis 2017 Exhibition - Video by Manzi Yang

College of Architecture and Design

Architecture and Design at Lawrence Tech

The College of Architecture and Design is dedicated to a pedagogy of “theory and practice”, the original motto of Lawrence Technological University. We advocate not one or the other, but both, integrated and coherent. Correspondingly, CoAD offers students insight into grounded design practice, crafted so that our students might enter thoughtfully into current modes of practice and, when appropriate, expand the conversations so that the practices of architecture and design might be more innovative, inclusive, and democratic. We endorse the idea of expanded practice, a “multi-disciplinary” approach to design that includes community-based activities as well as an emphasis upon immersive international experiences. And we promote the notion of advancing practice, design practice and ideas that enable us, as a culture, to make lives better. At the College of Architecture and Design, this idea has reinforced our conviction that technology is a human endeavor and a reflection of people at their best. 

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