Architecture+Design News

November 21, 2017

LTU Faculty, Staff and Alumni featured in Teacher's Association Newsletter

LTU Faculty, Staff and Alumni publish "Curricular Transformation and Hidden Figures: A STEAM Middle School Camp for DPS Students" in the Fall 2017 issue of the Michigan Science Teachers Association (MSTA) Newsletter.

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November 14, 2017

Design inspired by science and art

DETROIT – A high school class in design, currently taught by Lawrence Technological University’s (LTU) College of Architecture and Design staff, has been getting a dose of science and art exposure at the end of their school week. 

November 7, 2017

400 Forward, a Knight Arts Challenge grant winner led by LTU alum Tiffany Brown, wants to train the next generation of black women architects

The career path women of color take to become architects has traditionally been blocked by exclusion, discrimination, and a series of historical and structural inequalities. Tiffany Brown, an architectural designer from Detroit and Lawrence Tech alumnus, wants to do better, and build a more accessible road for the next generation of black female architects and urban planners.

See the article at Curbed.
October 31, 2017

College of Architecture and Design featured in new ArchDaily article

The College of Architecture and Design has been featured as a part of the new article The Renaissance City: 3 Architectural Initiatives Point the Way Forward For Detroit, published by ArchDaily. The article covers recent innovative architectural initiatives in Detroit, all of which feature involvement of students and faculty from the College of Architecture and Design. 

See the article here.
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October 19, 2017

Denby High design students presented The Scientist of Color Gallery Walk

DETROIT – A high school class in design, currently taught by Lawrence Technological University (LTU) College of Architecture and Design staff, participated in a workshop hosted by LTU’s Marburger STEM Center, exposing students to notable scientists of color through art and design.

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October 6, 2017

LTU prof, alumnus, student chart future of auto UX on WardsAuto panel

The automotive industry news magazine and website WardsAuto held a User Experience Conference Oct. 5 at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, and the afternoon keynote panel, “The Future of UX Design,” consisted of an LTU professor, an LTU alumnus and an LTU student.

Keith Nagara, director of the transportation and industrial design programs at LTU, traced the history of automotive manufacturing, currency, and people’s preferred lifestyles, and said the future of the automotive user experience will parallel them.

If you want to maximize your chance of getting a job after college, major in architecture.
October 3, 2017

Architecture Rated Best Major for Employment Post Graduation

Architecture, physical or environmental sciences, and communications majors all had the highest rates of employment at 96%, 95%, and 93%, respectively. Architecture majors were also the most likely to have a job secured before they graduated from college.

See the article at USA Today.

LTU panel
September 27, 2017

LTU symposium covers tech as a force for social good

Technology can be used to serve the public good and promote inclusiveness, a panel discussion at Lawrence Technological University Tuesday night argued. “Inclusive Technology: Seeking to Do Good” was part of the LTU President's Symposium Series, and hosted by the LTU College of Architecture and Design.
Distinguished Alumni Award
September 15, 2017

Award-winning architect: computers changed everything, but human touch still crucial

Technology has forever altered the practice of architecture, but architects will always need a deep human connection with their clients to make projects successful. That was the word Thursday night from John A. Vitale, president of Royal Oak-based Stucky Vitale Architects, as he received the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award from Lawrence Technological University’s College of Architecture and Design.
LTU event
September 14, 2017

Lawrence Tech event showcases people using technology to unite, empower

At a time when technology is all too often used to divide and exclude, who is using technology to unite and empower? Lawrence Technological University will explore the topic and provide positive examples in “Inclusive Technology: Seeking to Do Good” in the annual President’s Symposium Series.
LTU Quadrangle
August 14, 2017

Lawrence Tech listed as top Midwestern school

Lawrence Technological University has again been named one of the best in the Midwest, according to the Princeton Review. Only 156 colleges and universities in 12 Midwestern states made the list for 2018.
Paige Webb of Rochester Stoney Creek High School
June 16, 2017

FCA Drive for Design winners show the Dodges of 2047

Long, flowing shapes accented with razor-sharp edges, inlets and exits that tap into cooling airflow with minimal drag, and wheels sized to leave little room for anything else – these are the design keys for Dodge three decades from now.
Bike Park Rendering
May 12, 2017

LTU students raising money to highlight culture in Detroit parks

Students at Lawrence Technological University’s Detroit Studio are raising money for a bicycle park project in conjunction with Detroit’s West Grand Boulevard Collaborative.
May 11, 2017

Lawrence Tech breaks ground on new residence hall

Lawrence Technological University Thursday held a groundbreaking on a new 95,000-square-foot residence hall on its Southfield campus. About 75 staff and friends of the university attended.
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April 24, 2017

Lawrence Tech to dedicate sculpture of Henry Ford at main campus entrance

Henry Ford’s Highland Park complex was the birthplace of more than just modern manufacturing. It was also the birthplace of what today is Lawrence Technological University, founded in 1932 in a building adjacent to Ford’s factory.
LTU Quadrangle
April 18, 2017

Graduate Architecture and Architectural Engineering Students present tomorrow at AEI Design Competition

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 Quadrangle
April 11, 2017

LTU Faculty Members featured in Cranbrook Art Museum Exhibition

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.
LTU Quadrangle
April 4, 2017

Elizabeth Whittaker lectures this Thursday, April 6th in Lear Auditorium

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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LTU Quadrangle
March 30, 2017

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

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.
LTU Quadrangle
March 24, 2017

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

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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LTU Quadrangle
March 21, 2017

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

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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LTU Quadrangle
March 21, 2017

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

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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LTU Quadrangle
March 14, 2017

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

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.

[ View the event flyer here ]

LTU Quadrangle
March 9, 2017

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

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 ]

LTU Quadrangle
March 1, 2017

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

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!

LTU Quadrangle
February 12, 2017

Asssociate Professor Adhya's book is available

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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M2 TechCast
February 3, 2017

New LTU Incubator, Science Center, SBAM On Monday's M2 TechCast

The M2 TechCast podcast will launch two new segments with its Monday, Feb. 6 program.

In the first new segment, Tonya Matthews, director of the Michigan Science Center, kicks off her STEM education focused segment. She’ll be visiting the TechCast monthly.

Also a future regular guest is Michael Rogers, communications director for the Small Business Association of Michigan, who will talk about SBAM and the products and services it offers Michigan’s business community.

Also on the show to talk about the new Lawrence Technological University Design Incubator and co-working space – at LTU’s new Detroit Center for Design + Technology at 4219 Woodward Ave. in Midtown Detroit – will be Christopher Stefani, the incubator’s director.

Rounding out the show will be Greg Doyle from Tech248, the Oakland County-based tech business group, talking about the new Oakland Entrepreneurs Alliance.

The M2 TechCast airs live on the internet from 3 to 4 p.m. Eastern time each Monday at And you can listen to past episodes by clicking on

The M2 TechCast is hosted by Mike Brennan, founder and publisher of Michigan Technology News,, and Matt Roush, director of the university news bureau at Lawrence Technological University in Southfield. Both have covered high-tech in Michigan as journalists for more than 20 years.

The M2 TechCast is part of Podcast Detroit, a network of more than 50 locally produced podcasts on a wide variety of topics, anchored by IT in the D. the nation’s No. 1 tech podcast, which regularly draws more than 500,000 listeners a week. IT in the D airs live Monday nights from 9 to 11 p.m. Eastern time.


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February 3, 2017

Leaders and Innovators event at LTU Feb. 16, 'Starting a Business'

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – If you’re ready to start a business, an event Thursday, Feb. 16 at Lawrence Technological University will help you figure out how.

LTU is hosting the next WWJ Newsradio 950 “Leaders and Innovators” breakfast session Feb. 16 on the topic “Starting a Business: Entrepreneurism.” The event begins with networking and a continental breakfast at 7:30 a.m. The discussion and a question-and-answer session runs from 8 to 9 a.m.

This event will feature expert advice on the steps would-be entrepreneurs need to take to get their businesses up and running. Attendees will find out what resources are available to new companies in the Detroit area.

The event is hosted by WWJ Business Editor Murray Feldman. Panelists are to include Jack Aronson, founder of Clean Planet Foods and Garden Fresh Gourmet, and Karen Evans, director of LTU’s Detroit Center for Design + Technology Business Accelerator.

To register, visit The event is free.

Future Leaders and Innovators events include “Social Media and the Small Business” on Thursday, March 16, and “Work-Life Balance” on Thursday, April 13.

Albert Kahn
January 24, 2017

The man who built Detroit:Lawrence Tech offers Albert Kahn exhibits, events

Albert Kahn, the man who designed Detroit’s powerhouse industrial buildings, is the focus of several events and exhibitions at Lawrence Technological University this winter.

In the first half of the 20th Century, Kahn (1869-1942) revolutionized the design of industrial buildings around the world, and his prolific architectural office also saw the production of many commercial, institutional, and residential structures of lasting significance. As the centennial of numerous Kahn landmarks draws near, there is renewed and well-deserved interest in Kahn’s work.

The Albert Kahn Research Coalition is collaborating with the LTU Library and the LTU College of Architecture and Design’s Lectures and Exhibitions Committee to present exciting public programming to highlight this innovative period in architectural history. Other partners in this coalition are the University of Michigan, the Belle Isle Conservancy, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Detroit Historical Society, and the Detroit-based design firm that bears the founder’s name, Albert Kahn Associates. The purpose of the coalition is to preserve Albert Kahn’s legacy and educate the community on the importance of his work.

The exhibitions open at Lawrence Tech on Friday, Feb. 3 with “Albert Kahn under Construction,” on display in the UTLC Gallery, 21000 W. Ten Mile Road, Southfield. This digital exhibition focuses on the remarkable archive of construction photographs assembled by Kahn’s firm as they built the powerhouses of American industry, from Highland Park to Willow Run. The gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and admission is free. This exhibit is curated by Claire Zimmerman, University of Michigan associate professor of architecture and history of art, and the LTU College of Architecture and Design Exhibitions and Lectures Committee, chaired by Dierdre Hennebury, assistant professor of architecture and design.

On Thursday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m., Joel Stone, Senior Curator at the Detroit Historical Society will speak on “The Ubiquitous Mr. Kahn: Albert Kahn’s Architectural Legacy” in the A200 Auditorium of Lawrence Tech’s Architecture Building. This presentation will examine Kahn’s career and the vast legacy of architectural treasures he created for the people of southeast Michigan. A gallery viewing and reception will follow. The lecture and reception are free and open to the public.

A partner exhibition will run from Friday, Feb. 17 through March 10 at LTU’s Detroit Center for Design + Technology, 4219 Woodward Ave., Detroit. In this midtown show, LTU’s College of  Architecture and Design is partnering with the Belle Isle Conservancy for an exhibit titled “Albert Kahn at the Crossroads: The ‘Lost’ Belle Isle Aquarium and Horticultural Building Blueprints.” This compelling exhibit features several rediscovered blueprints from a private collection. Opened in 1904, the Belle Isle Aquarium is the oldest public aquarium in North America and the oldest aquarium-conservatory combination in the world. Independent architectural history scholar, Chris Meister and the Belle Isle Conservancy Historic Preservation Committee will provide a gallery talk Friday, Feb. 17 at 7:30 p.m. at the Detroit Center for Design + Technology. The talk will be part of a ticketed evening event called “Deeper Dive: Albert Kahn” hosted by the Belle Isle Conservancy and will discuss the development of the public aquarium and botanical conservatory as building types. Ticket information is available at

The culminating program of the Albert Kahn series is the Albert Kahn Research Symposium from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, March 3 at Lawrence Tech. During the morning, Zimmerman will moderate a series of presentations on current research about Kahn. After a luncheon, another panel examines “Restoration and Adaptive Reuse of Kahn Buildings,” moderated by Dawn Bilobran, who has roles with three organizations – the Belle Isle Conservancy, the Michigan Historic Preservation Network and Preservation Detroit. Panelists include Chris Meister; Alan Cobb, CEO of Albert Kahn Associates; and Donald Bauman, Director of Architectural Development and Historical Preservation at Albert Kahn Associates. The symposium will also include exhibit viewing, and an open house in LTU’s Albert Kahn Collection, which consists of Kahn’s personal library, originally part of Kahn’s New Center office. Its components were disassembled, moved, and reassembled inside rooms of the LTU Library in 1982. Visit or call (248) 204-3000 for information and registration.

January 22, 2017

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

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.

January 12, 2017

Architecture Student Stephanie Stiers receives Honorable Mention in Moontopia Design Competition

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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January 10, 2017

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

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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January 5, 2017

LTU student architects design animal shelter

An animal shelter in the Flint suburb of Swartz Creek has plans for a new building thanks to a pair of Lawrence Technological University students.

PAWS Animal Rescue is the beneficiary of a site plan and building design for a 32,000-square-foot shelter on 3.6 acres of land the nonprofit owns in Swartz Creek, thanks to LTU seniors Gjeorgjia Lilo and Sarah Britain.

Lilo, from Greece, and Britain, from Kalamazoo, were both involved in an LTU program called Activist Architecture Studio, part of a senior design course, which this semester was concentrating on the Flint area.

“What the professors had us doing was going to Flint and finding organizations that need help to achieve a goal, and figure out how design will help them achieve that goal,” Lilo said.

Added Britain: “I was thinking about the water crisis and who was affected by it other than people, and I thought about pets. I made a list of the animal rescues and pet stores in Flint. PAWS was the first one I visited, and they said they were raising money for a new building, and it just kind of worked out that they needed a designer.”

The two students spent the fall semester visiting the site and coming up with basic plans for the building, which will be able to house about 20 dogs and 40 to 50 cats.

“They want to raise money from grant applications and fundraisers, and we gave them all the materials they need to do that,” Lilo said.

The students also designed the building so it could be expanded in the future.

Roxanne Beckwith, who chairs PAWS’ building committee, said she was impressed with the talents of the Lawrence Tech students. “I am amazed at their knowledge, their ability to complete that project under all the specifications I gave them, the questions they asked,” Beckwith said. “They were so knowledgeable and so caring about what we needed and how important this project is to us.”

Britain had praise for the PAWS folks, too: “They were super easy to work with, and it helped that they were just as excited about the project as we were. They gave good feedback to our design – they really led our design.”

The animal shelter will use the design to continue its fundraising effort, called “Raise the Woof.” PAWS, an acronym for Pets Are Worth Saving, has operated since 2011. Shelter officials have already raised about $40,000 for the new building. Their goal is $385,000.

Lilo and Britain were one of seven LTU senior design teams that worked with Flint-area clients in the fall semester. Other projects included developing elementary school food gardens, building a modular front lobby system for a homeless shelter, and developing water collection systems for public and home gardens. The projects were supervised by Edward Orlowski, associate professor of architecture, and Michael Styczynski, adjunct professor of architecture.

Orlowski said they chose Flint as the focus for last fall’s projects because “We’re already heavily involved in Detroit, and Mike and I saw Flint as an area that wasn’t getting as much attention from the design schools.”

Orlowski said the senior design project has students doing designs for real-world applications. “They get experience working with non-architects in a process of participatory design,” he said. “It’s like working with a client, creating a design team.”

Lilo and Britain, who are to graduate in May with Bachelor of Science degrees in architecture, said they plan to stay in touch with the PAWS group as the project progresses. To donate to the project, visit

LTU's Detroit Center for Design + Technology
December 12, 2016

LTU's Detroit Center for Design + Technology launching Design Incubator

Starting in February 2017, Lawrence Technological University’s Detroit Center for Design + Technology (DCDT) will be launching a new Design Incubator, funded by the Hudson Webber Foundation.

The new incubator will boast four major programs that look to expand on opportunity in the creative and tech based industry in Detroit. Programs will include a business development accelerator course, coworking space, a student-run design firm, and a fellowship program open to graduates of accredited art and design schools.

“Designers of the future need to be skilled in design, able to work with diverse clients, and be able to apply knowledge of business and management,” said Karl Daubmann, dean of the LTU College of Art and Design and executive director of the DCDT. “This ambitious outreach component of the DCDT allows us to greatly extend the LTU mission of ‘Theory and Practice’ to the education and training of young designers and architects.”

The Design Incubator will provide a dynamic, collaborative space for students, faculty, designers, and professionals, as well as community innovators and entrepreneurs. It will be a place in which to work and engage in order to create new ideas and form business and service opportunities. The incubator will educate young, creative talent and foster innovation, design thinking, and the commercialization of design and tech ideas through active coaching and collaboration with industry professionals, in addition to providing access to state-of-the-art technology. The incubator will be managed by Christopher Stefani, DCDT assistant director.

“The DCDT Design Incubator is going to offer opportunity and a safety net for the growing number of emerging entrepreneurial design and tech startups in Detroit,” Stefani said. “We see the social, economic, and political potential in Detroit with regards to the transdisciplinary practice of these disciplines, and are excited to be able to aid in the positive development of our city, its economy and its people.”

It is the DCDT’s mission to act as an inclusive platform for the advancement of Detroit’s educational, economic and communal development efforts with regards to design, technology and sustainability.

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