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AIAD Latest Articles

SPOTLIGHT | Illuminart Featured in 'Concentrate'

AIA Detroit has proudly partnered with the talented folks at Illuminart for the past two years, so we were super excited to see Brienne Willcock and Robert White featured on concentratemedia.com. Illuminart is the designing force behind the lighting at Shed 3 for our 2013 & 2014 Celebration of Architecture; the cobalt blue and fuschia lighting schemes that you could see from down the street in Eastern Market are all because these guys know how to light a building.  They also helped to pull in Fantasee Lighting, who brings the equipment and skilled labor needed to bring to life Brienne's concept for the building.  We are eternally grateful for these folks, they certainly deserve the media attention.

The below article was originally featured on concentratemedia.com on Feb. 4th, 2015.  It was written by Patrick Dunn, an Ann Arbor-based freelance writer and a senior writer at Concentrate and Metromode, and the photographs featured in the original article were taken by Doug Coombe.

To see the article in its original publication and to view more photos taken during their interview, visit Concentrate Media's website HERE.

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CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS | Structures for Inclusion 15 Detroit

Lawrence Technological University College of Architecture and Design and Design Corps are proud to announce a partnership to present the Structures for Inclusion Conference 15 in Detroit.
 
Background:
In October of 2000, Design Corps, a community based non-profit organization, sponsored a conference at Princeton University. The purpose of this conference is to bring together and share the best ideas and practices that are reaching those currently un-served and underserved by architecture. These efforts are often grounded on two common beliefs that communities and individuals should be included in the design decisions that affect them and architects and communities should work together to identify their shared values and goals in the collaborative process of defining quality design. Since the first SFI at Princeton University, it has been hosted at various institutions including the University of Virginia, the University of Texas at Austin, Harvard University, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the University of Minnesota at Minneapolis, and the Parsons New School for Design among others. The conference has become internationally recognized as a thought-provoking forum to learn about grass roots efforts and alternative practices making architecture more accessible.
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EVENT | AIAS Annual Beaux Arts Ball

AIA Detroit is a proud sponsor of this year's 6th annual AIAS Beaux Arts Ball.  Join the University of Detroit Mercy and Lawrence Technological University's American Institute of Architecture Students chapters on February 13th at St. Andrews Hall in Detroit for a night of networking and dancing.

BEAUX ARTS BALL HISTORY
Historically, Beaux Arts Ball was an annual costume ball traditioally hosted by studuents at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris.  In 1931, it's reputation had spread to New York, where famous architects began dressing up as their own buildings for the event.  This trend continued to live on in architecture schools across the country, including here in Michigan, where our local architecture schools would host a similarly styled event attended by faculty and students alike.  In 2010, after years of not having a Beaux Arts Ball at any of the architecture schools, the AIAS chapters at Lawrence Tech and University of Detroit Mercy decided to work together to revitalize this annual event.  Past venues have included the Detroit Yacht Club on Belle Isle, the Fox Theatre, and the Detroit Masonic Temple, but the students are excited to try something new with the historic St. Andrews Hall this year.
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Structures for Inclusion 15 Detroit: Call for Presentations

Lawrence Technological University College of Architecture and Design and Design Corps are proud to announce a partnership to present the Structures for Inclusion Conference 15 in Detroit.

“Resilience of Mind, Body and Spirit,” the theme of SFI 15, serves to position the value of SFI within Detroit and other resilient cities. Mind (e.g., attitudes towards the city’s significant challenges); Body (e.g., creative economies such as social entrepreneurship and grassroots physical interventions), and Spirit (e.g., a city’s psyche and sense of itself) will advance the mission of SFI.

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University of Detroit Mercy 2014/2015 Lecture Series

CALL FOR ENTRIES | House Tour Submissions Needed

The House Tour offers architects and designers an opportunity to showcase their work. You can be a part of the 2013 House Tour by entering your projects for consideration. You can enter as many residentioal projects as you want. The projects can be Single-Family or Multi-Family, and all types of design are welcome. The tour is open to new construction as well as recent renovations.

callforentries3Project Submission Criteria
1. Must be designed by a current AIA member. 
2. Designer must be in good standing and satisfy section 2011(1) of the State of Michigan Licensing Act.
3. Must be located in the Metro-Detroit area.
4. Must be designed or renovated between Jan 1, 2009 and May 1, 2013.

Send us your submissions now!
If you are interested in having a project considered for a tour, please send a photograph of the home, along with a paragraph describing the project and why it should be considered, to the House Tour Chair, Megan, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  You must include the location of the home and completion date.  Submissions are due March 1st!

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