Architecture+Design News

2020 News Releases

November 5, 2019

The Guardian features LTU student work in an article about South African architect Kevin Kimwelle

Kevin Kimwelle is a renowned architect that is most well-known for his buildings completely made from recycled materials, including the Slindokuhle crèche made with 2500 wine bottles. In 2019, faculty, students and alumni from LTU partnered with the International Design Clinic and Kevin Kimwelle to design and construct a community maker space, from salvaged materials. This space will be used for welding, woodwork, recycling, 3D printing and waste bike repairs, and will furnish a base of operations so that LTU teams might work with Mr. Kimwelle in the future to design and construct clinics, schools and other much-needed community projects.

Some of the people involved were Scott Shall, Jason Yeom, Ashraf Hijazi, Ken Humberstone, Nathan Ickes, Stephan Karetnik, Magdalene Kuhns, Bethanie Martin, Emily Reem, Breanna Scranton, and Kayla Thompson.

You can read the article here.

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September 4, 2019

Form&Seek Brings Detroit Artists Together for Substance Exhibition

Substance exhibition centers around the processes of material exploration as a driving force of design. Much like the designers of the Bauhaus, Detroit designers are returning to craft-based practices in a post-industrial climate, finding ways of bridging the gap between machine-made and hand-made.

Form&Seek design studio creates a platform for designers from diverse backgrounds to showcase their work in design exhibitions all around the world. Experimental and thought-provoking work unites under fresh, and pertinent themes at each of Form&Seek’s exhibits. For the Detroit Month of Design 2019, Form&Seek has curated works from Detroit based designers and makers to highlight and celebrate the creativity in the city.

You can RSVP for the event here.

August 30, 2019

LTU CoAD hosts Design and Technology Exhibition in Detroit

The College of Architecture and Design at Lawrence Technological University promotes the notion of advancing design practice and ideas that enable us, as a culture, to make lives better. This idea has reinforced our conviction that technology is a human endeavor and a reflection of people at their best. The exhibition features projects from current students, alumni, and our student partners at Detroit Public Schools that reinforce these values.

This exhibition is located at 1001 Woodward Ave in the ground floor gallery and is free and open to the public. Building is located on the M-1 Rail route. Parking garage is located at 35 State St., Detroit, MI 48226. 
Tickets must be presented to enter, either printed or on mobile device.
August 24, 2019

LTU Alumni granted AIA Associate Award

Known for his experience in design and the built environment, Bryce E. Gamper, BS Arch 2014, is the second LTU Alumni to receive the AIA Associate Award this year. Currently working in commercial design, he has had the opportunity to shape many areas around Detroit. He has served a variety of clients including Bedrock Detroit, Quicken Loans, Detroit Eastern Market Corporation Gardner White, the Hershey’s Company, and Sleep Number. He has also worked for many non-profits throughout Detroit, assisting in the implementation of the annual Light Up Livernois event which has now been incorporated into the yearly Detroit Design Festival.

August 22, 2019

College of Architecture and Design Faculty member receives Associate Award from the AIA

Project manager Tiffany Brown, BS Arch 2004 + M Arch 2007 + MBA 2015, received the award given to those Associate AIA members who show outstanding leadership and creative thinking. Brown has experience in architectural design, construction management, and construction administration, as well as working with the foundations in her community. She has led programs to raise awareness on how representation in design makes a significant impact on firm practice, culture, and education. Given a grant by the Knight Foundation, she has launched 400 Forward, a program that supports the education and career development of the next 400 women architects.
August 20, 2019

Young Architect Award given to LTU Alumni

Architect and artist Laura Walker, BS Arch 2006 + M Arch 2009, received the AIA Young Architect award for her contributions and exceptional leadership in and around Detroit. Walker is known for her many skills including fabrication, painting, and urban design. Through her work at SmithGroup, she focuses on inclusive design, considering the impact that her work can have on the communities around her. She also serves as a Coach through SmithGroups Coaching initiative, serves on the Board of the National Organization of Minority Architects, and serves as a design juror at Lawrence Tech.
August 15, 2019

LTU Alumni Receives Charles Blessing Award from AIA Detroit

Mark Nickita, an alumni of LTU’s architecture program who is nationally known for his role in redeveloping Detroit, is the 2019 recipient of the Charles Blessing award. This award recognizes those who show leadership in planning and civic issues and exemplifies the vision, and commitment and accomplishments of Charles A. Blessing.

Nickita, co-founder and President of Archive DS, has developed many institutional and mixed-use buildings within the urban context. These include adaptive-reuse, historic rehabilitation and new infill buildings as well as educational facilities, loft housing, office and retail projects, typically located on challenging urban sites that require unique design solutions.

July 22, 2019

LTU group in South Africa to learn about architecture with recycled materials

On Saturday, July 20, a team of two faculty members, four students, and five recent alumni of Lawrence Technological University departed for South Africa on a three-week trip to design and construct maker spaces, community centers, schools and other much-needed work using materials previously considered almost worthless.

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June 24, 2019

Lawrence Tech, Hartland High School in new agreement for architecture courses

Lawrence Technological University and Hartland High School have signed a new agreement that will allow Hartland students to take two accelerated LTU architecture and design courses in the summer, with scholarship support to reduce costs.
ACE Mentor
May 15, 2019

Berkley High School students win ACE Michigan design competition at LTU

A team of high school students from Berkley High School was recognized as the winner of the 2018-19 ACE Mentor Program of Michigan in an honors dinner Tuesday night at Lawrence Technological University.
U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich.
May 11, 2019

Stabenow to LTU grads: "We can't wait to see what you will become"

The way U.S. Sen Debbie Stabenow sees it, today’s society faces many challenges stemming from constant, chaotic change—from a changing climate, to wrenching economic upheavals, to the effects of modern technology, to increasing levels of misinformation and political division. But giving a Commencement address at Lawrence Technological University Saturday afternoon, Stabenow expressed confidence that LTU graduates are up to the challenge.

May 9, 2019

2019 ACD Fellowship open for applications!

ACD is offering a 9-month fellowship (July 2019 - March 2020) for practitioners who would like to increase their knowledge and skills in community-engaged design. The Fellowship will provide strategic and holistic support for a small cohort of designers, planners, and other built environment professionals, in order to build their capacity to practice community-engaged design.

Visit the 2019 Fellowship page for more details on the program.

Game Design Rankings
May 8, 2019

LTU's Game Design Program Ranks #17 in the Nation According to Animation Career Review

Lawrence Technological University (LTU) is home to the College of Architecture and Design (CoAD), which houses the Department of Art and Design. Here, aspiring game designers can earn a BFA in Game Art. Per the school, students in the program take an Integrated Game Studio sequence throughout their Sophomore and Junior years, “that acts as a platform for professional practice, bringing together the University's disciplines in order to produce and release games within the curriculum itself.”

The Game Art curriculum “employs an industry-applicable approach that includes art asset creation, asset integration, defining narrative and storytelling techniques and collaborative development practices between artists and programmers within the Game Software Development program under the Arts & Sciences College at Lawrence Technological University.”

The project-focused, multidisciplinary program highlights courses such as 3D Animation, Integrated Game Studio, Game Mechanics, Scripting for Game Design, Computer Games and Animation, New Media, Electronic Methods for Imaging, and Life Drawing.

Not only does the program provide students with the skills and tools needed to succeed in the field of Game Design, “but it has graduates hitting the ground running with full-fledged game releases before graduation." 

Check out the entire article and list here, along with their ranking criteria here

Affleck House
April 24, 2019

LTU's Affleck House Featured in the Detroit News

Professor Dale Gyure and the faculty at LTU were featured in an article in the Detroit News last Friday about the Affleck House. Check out the article here
Research Day 2019
April 5, 2019

LTU's seventh annual Research Day sets more records

Lawrence Technological University’s seventh annual Research Day set more records in a new, larger home.
March 9, 2019

CoAD Professor Aaron Jones installs new Mini Greenhouse/Movie Theater in Detroit

Commissioned by the Wright Museum, the “Shine a Light Off-the-Grid People + Plant Conservatory” is a solar-powered pod-like structure that features video art installations. This highly-designed modular lean-to structure is made of cedar support beams, with sloping roof-wall panels lined in back projection film that allows it to display projections on two sides. The structure is intentionally multi-purpose: its interior chamber, which houses two projectors, also serves as a small greenhouse space during months when outdoor film festivals are less frequent. The entire pod runs off the adjacent solar array.

Check out the full article here 
March 8, 2019

LTU Student's work featured in January issue of the Plymouth Pulse

Josh Dee presented his project to classmates, alumni, and community partners on December 13 at the Activist Architecture and Design open house event. “The 32-page booklet provides an illustrative and readable overview of how the regulations control the size, height, and location of buildings on one’s property,” he said. “The illustrations are all done in a way that resonates to someone as if they were looking at actual buildings, not diagrammatic or plan views which usually require some amount of technical perception.”

See the full article here
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February 11, 2019

Albert Kahn Research Symposium and Exhibition set for Feb. 22 at Lawrence Tech

Albert Kahn, the architect who designed many of Detroit’s most significant buildings, is the focus of a research symposium and exhibition at Lawrence Technological University on Friday, Feb. 22.

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February 10, 2019

LTU alum seeks to 'change the face of architecture,' wins new university award

Despite being 7 percent of the nation’s population, black women make up less than 0.4 percent of the nation’s licensed architects – just 400 out of 111,000. That’s why Lawrence Technological University graduate and architect Tiffany D. Brown created a program to bring more information about architecture to black girls. And that’s a big reason why Brown was honored Sunday with LTU’s inaugural John G. Petty Community Champion Award.

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February 8, 2019

LTU Prof. Dale Gyure: Looking at Yamasaki from all angles

Architectural Photographer Jim Haefner will join Dale Gyure and John Gallagher, who have written books on Yamasaki. They will talk about his initial successes, his personal struggles and the tension between popular and critical taste that surrounds his work. Lauren Parker, who was on the team that restored Yamasaki’s reflecting pool on the Wayne State campus, will moderate.
People can sign up for one lecture or all four. If they sign up for all four they get to tour the unique live-work space of artists Monika Essen and Kurt Kastner — see how unique for yourself

Also, check out Prof. Gyure's publication on Minoru Yamasaki here
John G. Petty (left) and Tiffany D. Brown (right)
February 7, 2019

Brown to receive inaugural Petty Community Champion Award Sunday at LTU

Tiffany D. Brown, a prominent young architect and alumna of Lawrence Technological University, will receive the inaugural John Gordon Petty Community Champion Award in a ceremony at Lawrence Tech Sunday, Feb. 10. The award ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. in the University Technology and Learning Center Gallery. LTU’s campus is located at 21000 W. 10 Mile Road in Southfield (see

January 22, 2019

Book by CoAD Professor Dr. Joongsub Kim published

Springer Press recently published a book by CoAD Professor Dr. Joongsub Kim. The book, titled What Do Design Reviewers Really Do? Understanding Roles Played by Design Reviewers in Daily Practice provides a finely grained examination of the daily challenges and opportunities of design review practice. The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy of Cambridge provided funding for research. 
January 15, 2019

Constructing Socially-Responsive Architecture in South Africa, Summer 2019

This summer, Professor Scott Shall will be taking a small team of students, professionals and faculty to South Africa where we will design and construct a school and recycling center using bricks made of plastic recycled from the ocean and other locally-sourced, sustainable materials. The work will be realized in partnership with the International Design Clinic, a registered non-profit that helps to realize socially-responsive architecture around the world, and a diverse group of local partners.
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