Architecture+Design News

February 28, 2018

Albert Kahn lecture and "Guardians of Detroit" gallery talk at Lawrence Tech

Albert Kahn, the man who designed Detroit’s powerhouse industrial buildings, is the focus of a lecture, gallery talk and exhibition at Lawrence Technological University on Wednesday, March 28.
February 20, 2018

CoAD alum Kathryn Grube wins National Award for Color Design

Lawrence Tech graduate Kathryn Grube's functional color design work for classrooms and labs at the Johnson County Community College (JCCC) wins a national award. Grube, with JCCCs Interior Design Department, was recognized for Project of Distinction in the 2017 Educational Design Showcase for College Planning & Management l Spaces 4 Learning Magazine.

Read more about the project here.

STEM Future City 2018
February 19, 2018

Detroit Future City Competition

The Marburger STEM Center's executive director, Dr. Sibrinia Collins helped mentor a team from Farwell Recreation Center - DPRD, which was led by Ms. Katrina LeFlore and Chris LeFlore for The Engineering Society of Detroit's Future City Competition on January 22, 2018. The team brought home the 2018 Building a World of Difference Award.

February 15, 2018

Campus-Wide Anime/Game Conference

 LTU is hosting a campus-wide Anime and Game-centric Convention/Conference April 21st. It runs 10am-7pm that Saturday and combines Anime Clubs panels, talks and tournaments with Infinite Machine hosting student games throughout A200/A210 and Art Shop putting on their annual Open Crate art exhibition and auction. Needless to say, this is a huge amount of content for prospective students, current students, alumni and more.
February 12, 2018

CoAD Professor Dale Gyure's new book "Minoru Yamasaki: Humanist Architecture for a Modernist World" reviewed in Chicago Tribune

Excerpt: "A fine new book, 'Minoru Yamasaki: Humanist Architecture for a Modernist World' (Yale University Press, $65, 284 pp.), paints a more nuanced and truer portrait [of Minoru Yamasaki's work]: Yamasaki, it argues, should not be judged solely by the World Trade Center’s place-destroying gigantism, Pruitt-Igoe’s soul-crushing monotony, or the attacks of those who, noting the architect’s preference for wrapping his buildings with delicate screens, labeled him a decorator.

Instead, Dale Allen Gyure, a professor at Lawrence Technological University near Detroit, makes the compelling case that Yamasaki’s body of work and ideas remain relevant, despite his lapses."

Read the full article at the Chicago Tribune.

December 5, 2017

Humanism in design: Detroit's Yamasaki strove for surprise and delight

Minoru Yamasaki spoke of designing buildings that would prompt serenity, surprise and delight in those who viewed and used them. He spoke openly of “humanism” in architecture. But what does that really mean in a world of steel and concrete?
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November 29, 2017

Extreme Science Saturday, time to design!

As part of Lawrence Technological University’s Extreme Science Saturdays Program, LTU’s College of Architecture and Design led the program on November 18 to teach high school students from multiple Detroit and Metro-Detroit high schools about city permit approvals and building techniques through the use of the design process.

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.
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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.
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:
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.
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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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.
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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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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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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