Architecture Students Raise Funds for Freedom by Design
Friday, November 13th, 2009
The Lawrence Tech chapter of the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) hosted its fifth annual Freedom Silent Auction at the end of October. The event was a success, raising funds and awareness for the chapter’s community service project, Freedom by Design, and for chapter events. The event was coordinated by AIAS members Ellen Rotter and Julie Kehoe with the help of Harley Ellis Devereaux Corporate Chairman and CEO Dennis King, Michelle Saroki, and Dean Glen LeRoy of the College of Architecture and Design.
The AIAS welcomed guests in the Alumni Hall of the Taubman Student Services Center with displays about sustainable materials and a slide show of the chapter’s recent activities. Guests included local architects, design professionals, members of the AIA Emerging Professionals Committee, Lawrence Tech faculty and many supporters of AIAS.
The main attraction of the evening was a wide selection of auction items. Guests bidded on dinner with Jim and Rose Ryan, Pure Detroit merchandise, handcrafted pens, a Dominic Pangborn putter, lunch with local design directors and many more enticing items.
The event ended with a presentation by Lawrence Techs University Architect, the Director, Associate Dean Joseph Veryser of the College of Architecture and Design, the University’s architect and director of its Center for Sustainability. He spoke about how the University is embracing sustainability and how students are learning from these efforts.
The AIAS Chapter is currently working on the design of a wheelchair ramp for their Freedom by Design client and is making travel plans to attend the AIAS Forum in Minnesota this December. If you want to get involved or learn more about the chapter, join their Facebook group AIAS – LTU.
– Ellen Rotter