The architecture program at Lawrence Technological University is designed to provide a broad foundation for the development of design skills and insights, social responsibility, environmental awareness, problem-solving abilities, and professional competence. The program is primarily directed toward the practice of architecture, but it constitutes an excellent, broad-minded education and preparation for work in a range of essential fields in and beyond design, including teaching, research, product representation and development, and public service.
The program specifically prepares students to pursue the Master of Architecture (the accredited, professional degree in architecture) or the Master of Urban Design (MUD) programs at Lawrence Tech. The College also offers five dual degree options, such as the Master of Architecture and Master of Urban Design and the Master of Architecture and Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering.
Alan Cobb, FAIA is the President and CEO of Albert Kahn Associates, Inc., an industry-leading and award winning architectural and engineering firm.
A: I grew up in the very small town of Holly, Michigan, and watched the design (with architect Dale Hicks) and construction process of my family home. While in high school, I worked as a carpenter, learning much about construction industry challenges. My early years of mentorship with a couple of local architects were instrumental in helping find my passion, the pursuit of a career in architecture and design.
A: I selected Lawrence Tech because the curriculum began (first semester) with classes on architecture. Learning about a career in the field was extremely important. The advantage with the program at LTU is that there are many practicing architects and other professionals guiding the student through their academic process. This helps LTU students hit the ground running after graduation.
A: Harvey Fererro and Robert Powell, AIA were my advising professors (and practicing architects) for my thesis project and design studio for a self-sufficient community (the Village of the Sun). This project won an international design competition sponsored by the American Institute of Architects, which provided a fellowship at the AIA Research Corporation in Washington, DC, as the prize.